Travel Photo Thursday

Korea: Buddha’s Birthday Tour Seoul Part 1

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

May 14th this year saw me celebrating my birthday with Buddha. Welcome to week 278 (5/19/2016)  of Travel Photo Thursday. To be honest, I hadn’t realized that his birthday was actually May 14th. I thought it was the week before. There is just so much going on right before and after this huge annual event that it can be difficult to keep track of the actual date.  Every temple in Seoul, and throughout Korea celebrates the day. I joined the Royal Asiatic Society for Buddha’s Birthday Tour. Over the course of the afternoon and evening we attended celebrations in five of the city’s Buddhist temples. Enjoy Part 1 of Buddha’s Birthday Tour, and my visit to Mita-Sa and Bomun-Sa  Please come back next week for Part 2.

Our first stop was the neighborhood Bomun-Dong, which is very close to where I work. Here, we spent time at Mita-Sa, and Bomun-Sa (sa is the Korean word for temple).

Mita-Sa (sometimes written Mit’a-Sa)

A rather tiny temple, dating back to the 4th Koryo king (950), with a rather colorful history. This includes a king marrying his own sister in an effort to keep undesirable influences from becoming part of the royal family! Today, forty nuns call this small peaceful  temple home.

Temple entrance…

Mit'a Sa, Bomun - Dong Seoul

Mit'a Sa, Bomun - Dong Seoul

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Korea: Korea’s Toilet Museum

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

This week we are visiting Suwon, and Korea’s Toilet Museum. Welcome to week 276 (5/4/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Yes, you read that right. We have a toilet museum here in Korea, and it was part of  our Hwaseong Fortress tour of a couple of weeks ago. Have a peek.

The museum is surrounded by an intriguing little park, which gets you up to speed on the various toilets that were available during the ages in Korea.

 

Korea Toilet Museum

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Korea: Daytrip to the Taean Peninsula

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

This week we are off daytripping to Korea’s Taean Peninsula. Welcome to week 275 (28/4/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Leaving the city about 20 minutes later than our planned departure of 8:30am, the Saturday traffic was stop and go for the next 4 hours. The smoggy conditions definitely affected the road conditions, as well. Arriving 2 hours later than expected, I was thrilled to finally peel myself off the bus and excited to experience Taean’s Sinduri Dunes. Prior to signing up for this day trip, I had no idea that Korea had dunes, and I was stoked to seem them.

At 15,000 years old, the Sanduri Sand Dunes have been around for a while, and they are Korea’s most extensive system of natural dunes.

Just steps from the sand is a modern information center, with lots of great information in Korean, and also some nice photos on exhibit. The washrooms were much appreciated!

 

Sinduri Sand Dune Center

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Korea: Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

This week we are at Hwaseong Museum and Fortress in Suwon, Korea. Welcome to week 274 (4/21/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m croaking like a frog this week with a bad sore throat, and a bit of a head cold. 

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An hour from Seoul is the city of Suwon, well known for the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO designated heritage site.  The tour was a free tour sponsored by government and hosted by a local group Hippie Korea .  Our guide and story teller David Mason  kept us entertained with stories of King Seongjo, who was the mastermind behind Hwaseong Fortress, and the city that is now Suwon. Construction began in 1795.

 

Suwon Hwaseong Museum

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Korea: Jindo and the Miracle Sea Road Festival

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

Welcome to week 273 (4/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I’m taking you to the small fishing village of Jindo, Korea and the Miracle Sea Road Festival. Once again, apologies for not getting around to everyone’s links last week. I am literally in marking hell right now. Hopefully, things will ease up by the beginning of next week, and then we have midterms 🙂

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Everytime my neck snapped, as the bus headed towards Jindo, I reminded myself that I had been wanting to go to the sea parting festival for years. Korean bus seats are not made for tall western bodies, and I had forgotten what hell a five hour bus ride could inflict on my body. Arriving before daybreak, we were on time for the torch parade, shopping for our orange hip waders, claiming our oil filled torches, and the before daybreak fireworks. I have to admit that carrying around an oil-fueled torch in a crowd made me a little nervous. Thankfully, no mishaps, and the torch parade certainly added to the ambience and the festivities. Try taking photos when you’re carrying an oil filled torch ; very tricky!

Don’t you love the orange waders?!

 

Jindo1

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Penang: A Photo Essay for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Welcome to week 272 (4/7/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m buried in essays and quizzes, and trying to stay healthy. Cold and flu is making the rounds in my classes, and the faculty lounge. Whether or not I manage to dodge one, or both remains to be seen. I have to say that travel is the furthest thing from my mind now. I can’t remember the last time I said or thought those words! On that note I want to share some random shots of Penang. These shots are from my 2014 visit.

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I was there during ghost month, so there was a lot happening at both the private and public temples, plus the Georgetown festival was also happening.

There was incense everywhere!

 

Incense cone, Penang, Malaysia

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