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Onggi Pottery Production in Korea

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 7 comments

Onggi Pottery

Earlier this fall I had the pleasure of seeing Onggi Pottery made in Gimhae, a small village about 4 hours south of Seoul. An Si-Seong is the only Onggi Potter left in this community, and one of a few in Korea. He is also one of the country’s Tangible Cultural Assets. Onggi production dates back 4000 – 5000 BC, so it’s easy to understand why the Koreans are eager to protect an artist who is a skilled Onggi Potter. Welcome to week 304 (12/01/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me as An Si-Seong makes us a beautiful piece of Onggi Pottery, and we visit his shop.

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The wood burning kiln has been in operation since 1932. It takes approximately a week for it to reach the 1000+ (cel.) temperature needed to produce glazed onggi earthenware. Unglazed is produced at a cooler 600-700 cel. The kiln is filled with the unfired pottery, and then the fire is started. The folks in this photo are standing beside another entrance, which makes it easier to fill the kiln with the unfired pottery. On a historical note, this village is where Catholics hid and made onggi pots during the Catholic prosecution of the 19th Century.

 

Ongii Potter, Korea

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Five Favorite Photos of Korea

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Photos of Korea

” A picture tells a thousand words,” and this week I’m sharing not five thousand words but my five favorite photos of Korea. These shots speak volumes to me and capture scenes, places, and events I love in Korea Welcome to week 303 (24/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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#1 Nun’s Temple, Daejeon

Of all the photos of Korea that I’ve taken over the years, this is probably my favorite. The vibrant colors and the perfect symmetry of the dragon speak volumes to me. Taken at the “Nun’s Temple” just outside of Daejeon I will always remember that weekend as one of colorful, dragons, chanting monks, and the sound of pouring tea. I have never discovered the Korean name for this particular temple. It’s in the same neighborhood as Jangwansa, a Buddhist temple, and meditation retreat.

 

Dragon's Head..........Nun's Temple, Daejeon

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Bandung, Indonesia: Five Reasons to Visit the West Java Capital

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Destinations, Indonesia | 3 comments

Bandung, Indonesia

Nicknamed the “Java of Paris” due to its Parisian and European similarities, when visiting Indonesia, be sure to spend some time exploring the fascinating city of Bandung, Indonesia. Surrounded by the green lush Parahyangan Mountains, at an altitude of 768 meters, the capital of West Java boasts a pleasantly mild climate. Before setting off to see what the city has to offer it’s a good idea to settle into your accommodation. Located in proximity to the airport and numerous tourist attractions the modern, comfortable  Crowne Plaza Bandung from Traveloka is an excellent choice.

1. Experience the sites of the city on the Bandros.

Bandros

 

Short for ‘Bandung Tour on Bus,’ the tour bus is a (smaller) replica of the iconic London double-decker bus with an open-air upper deck to enjoy the sights. Complete with a guide; the thirty-minute tour includes many of Bandung’s historic landmarks such as Jl. Braga, Gedung Sate, Dago City Hall. Call  +622-61591010 / +62877-36081998 for further information, or visit Facebook.

 

 

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