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Korea DMZ: North – South Divide in Photos

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

Korea DMZ

This week we are roaming around the Korea DMZ, that swath of land that separates North Korea from South Korea and came into being when the Korean War Armistice was signed way back in 1953. Welcome to Week 332 (6/8/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me on a tour of the North – South divide in photos.

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I initially took this tour back in 2001 or 2002. I know it was before digital cameras (or just before they came to market). I did take photos that day, and I had them developed, but they’ve disappeared during one of my moves over the years. I was anxious to see what was still the same and what had changed, and if I can still brag about having a good memory!

I am always surprised that the DMZ is only an hour outside of Seoul. This is why we foreigners get a little antsy when the big guy up North starts his saber rattling. Our first stop of the day was the Imjingak Unification Park,  in the city of  Paju on the banks of the Imjin River.

 

Korea DMZ: North South Divide

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National Museum of Korea: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

National Museum of Korea

We’re wandering through the National Museum of Korea this week and specifically the special exhibition Roads of Arabia-the Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia containing 486 archeological artifacts and objects. Welcome to week 330 (6/1/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The museum is very easy to get to, and I recommend you take the subway. Take Line 4 (blue line) to Ichon Station and follow the signs “National Museum of Korea.” You’ll walk down this long hallway with the moving sidewalk with holographs of the museum’s holdings and them up the escalator to a large pedestrian area. It’s not particularly colorful, but the fluffy white clouds and the greenery do make the scene more attractive. In the second photo here you can see the museum off the distance.

National Museum of Korea

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Korea: Boseong Green Tea Festival

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 9 comments

Boseong Green Tea Festival

April and May ushers in the tea season here in Korea and Korean traditional tea is celebrated at the Boseong Green Tea Festival in May. Welcome to week 329 (5/25/2107) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy this photo essay of everything the festival has to offer.

We arrived in a gentle rain and climbed the hill past the lush terraced tea fields to our first stop, the tea leaf drying shed.  We were supposed to pick the leaves before arriving at the drying shed, but the inclement weather resulted in a quick change of plans.

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Boeseong Green Tea Festival

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Instagram: Favorite Korea Springtime Photos

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

Korea Springtime

Korea springtime is a special time of the year with blossom popping everywhere festivals to welcome a new season.Welcome to week 327(5/11/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday, and join me as I take you on a stroll through my favorite Instagram photos of Spring, 2017 (in no particular order).

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Korea: Favorite Photos from Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations

This week there are Buddha’s birthday celebrations across Korea. The big day was yesterday, May 3rd. Welcome to week 326 (5/4/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I must admit that I stayed away from the festivities this year. However, over my years in Korea, I have attended many gatherings celebrating Buddha’s birthday. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos taken over the years. Enjoy!

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The colors and the smiles make this photo an all time favorite. For the most part, Koreans usually aren’t the happiest, but something seems to happen during Buddha’s birthday celebrations, and the smiles are contagious.

 

Lantern Parade, Buddha's Birthday, Seoul 2011

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Korean Ceramics Shopping in Yeoju, Korea

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

Korean Ceramics

Two weeks ago I had a fun day ogling and purchasing a few pieces of lovely and practical Korean Ceramics in the City of Yeoju, a 90-minute drive east of Seoul. Welcome to week 325 (4/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come in and see the pieces that will be making their way back to Canada and my new condo later this year.

If you are in Seoul and you want to purchase Korean ceramics or pottery, avoid the touristy shops in Itaewon or Insadong. Instead, grab a public bus or find a tour going to Yeosu. The city has been producing quality ceramics and pottery for centuries. Here you will pay a quarter of the price for the same vase or dish-set you may have eyed in downtown Seoul.

Our first stop didn’t look like much, but once inside there was lots to choose from.

 

Korean Ceramics, Yeoju, Korea

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