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Seoul’s Urban Gardens: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

Seoul’s urban gardens pop up all over the city in the spring. At least that’s what I call the tiny (and sometimes not so tiny) patches of flowers you’ll find in almost every neighborhood in the city this time of the year. Welcome to week 325 (4/20/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Sorry for being late this week. I’m in midterm exam mode, and on top of that, I jammed my finger in my front gate last night…OUCH. It’s tricky typing without that finger. You can see the damage on my Facebook feed. Now onto the good stuff, pretty photos of Seoul’s urban gardens.

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All of these shots were taken between Itaewon Subway Station, Line 6, and my apartment in Haebangcheon (about a 25-minute walk). I came out of exit 2 and walked straight. I think shot shows perfectly how no space is ever wasted.

 

Seoul's Urban Gardens

 

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Korea’s Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Korea’s Cherry Blossoms

This past week I stayed in Seoul to enjoy Korea’s cherry blossoms at their height. Welcome to week 324 (4/13/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent several hours at the Seoul National Cemetery on Sunday where they were at their peak. The crowds peaked by 2:00 pm as well and it was time for me to head home. I did go back on Monday afternoon to get a few more shots. The crowds were a bit thinner, but not by much. However, that’s the price you have to pay in Seoul or anywhere else in Korea to see the Korea cherry blossoms at their height, and it is worth fighting the madding crowds :). I hope you enjoy browsing these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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 Cherry Blossoms in Seoul 

The Seoul National Cemetery is the resting place of approximately 165,000 service men and women who lost their lives in the Korean War and other battles. The cemetery is a war history buffs dream.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

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Korea: Gurye Sansuyu Festival

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Gurye Sansuyu Festival

Two weeks ago I went on a bus tour to the Gurye area of Korea, about four hours south of Seoul, to enjoy the first spring blossoms at the Gurye Sansuyu Festival. Welcome to week 323 (4/6/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me as I show off the yellow colored blossoms of the cornelian cherry trees. (Apologies, again, for not being around much but this semester is particularly busy. I should have a few days off later this month, and I’m looking forward to catching up on all of your blogs.)

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To put it mildly, Korea is festival crazy. On any given weekend between March and November there are at least a half a dozen festivals happening across the country, and sometimes more. April is one of the most important festival months with the cherry blossoms spreading their delicate splendor in every nook and cranny, not to mention the magnolia blooms that seem to disappear as quickly as they arrive. The Gurye Sansuyu Festival is one of the first flower festivals of the season, and Mother Nature does not always cooperate in providing warm enough temperatures to produce the gorgeous landscape of yellow blossoming trees the area is known. While this year’s festival was not a bust, the flowers did struggle to open up under the gray skies and chilly temps. We arrived in Guyre in the rain and were fortunate to have the weather take a turn for the better the next morning, and we enjoyed walking the slightly muted yellow blanketed festival route.

 

Gurye Sansuyu Festival

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