Destinations

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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Korea: Hwaeomsa Temple – A Photo Essay

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

Hwaeomsa Temple

Last weekend saw me traveling south, leaving the smog and pollution of Seoul. One of our first stops was Hwaeomsa Temple. Welcome to week 322 (03/30/2017)  of Travel Photo Thursday. Located on the slopes of Jirisan Mountain, Hwaeomsa is one of the ten most famous temples in Korea. Join me as I take you on a photo tour.

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I was excited to be visiting Hwaeomsa for the second time. My first visit was many years ago, before I began this blog, chanting, meditating, and bowing with the monks for two days. Those were magical moments, but I was secretly glad that I wouldn’t be woken up at four in the morning this weekend 🙂 Built during the Silla Dynasty (668-935), the temple was burnt to the ground during the 1502 Japanese invasion, and rebuilt during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). Hwaeomsa Temple is also the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

Since my last visit, a museum chronicling the history of Hwaeomsa has opened, housing a replica of the main temple’s ceiling and numerous ancient paintings and artifacts.

 

Korea: Hwaeomsa Temple

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Balwoo Gongyang: A Michelin 1-Star Restaurant in Seoul

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Balwoo Gongyang

Last Saturday evening I dined at Balwoo Gongyang, a Michelin 1-Star restaurant in downtown Seoul. In an added twist, it is the only Michelin star restaurant serving beautifully prepared and delicately flavored temple cuisine. Welcome to week 321 (23/3/2017) of  Travel Photo Thursday. My apologies for not being around much. This semester is a particularly busy one for me, so my blogging time is severely limited at the moment. Join me as I entice your taste buds with our multi-course tasting menu.

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Balwoo Gongyang, Seoul

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Seoul City Walking Tours Part 2: Yangnyeong Market

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 6 comments

Yangnyeong Market

This post is Part 2 of my Seoul City Walking Tour of a couple of weeks ago when we visited Yangnyeong Market and Gyeongdong Market. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Welcome to week 321 (3/16/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come along, as we visit these two traditional markets located in the Dongdaemun area of Seoul.

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Seoul City Walking Tours Part 1: Traditional Market Course

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Seoul City Walking Tours

If you’re in Seoul and you want to see the sights,  don’t look any further than Seoul City Walking Tours. The tours are 100% free, and you have a total of 21 tours to choose. Welcome to week 320 (09/03/2017) of  Travel Photo Thursday. Come along as I immerse myself in the museums and traditional markets of the Traditional Market Course Walking Tour.

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On a nip-in-the-air Saturday afternoon, I met our Seoul City Walking Tours guide Hojoung Kang outside of Seoul’s Jegi-Dong Station, Exit 1. One of the nice things about these tours is that there is no minimum number of participants; perfect for solo travelers. However, on this day there would be three of us plus the guide. Our first stop was Seonnongdan Museum, a short walk from the station. We were treated to traditional tea before entering the museum. Our tea master spoke a bit of English and welcomed us warmly. The hot tea, which was from China, helped us to forget, momentarily, the cold nip in the air outside.

 

Seoul City Walking Tours

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