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This week I am showcasing the top six travel photos from my Flickr account with a total of 113,855 views. Welcome to week 335 (7/6/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy the pictures as I struggle to pack up 16.5 years of living in Korea to return to Canada and Nova Scotia.
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#1 Maya Beach, Thailand
With 20,761 views this is my number 1 photo on Flickr.
I took this shot on my first trip to Krabi, Thailand, and I think Maya Beach is much better known now than it was back then. Maya is the beach where Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” was filmed. I fell in love with this wee piece of pristine paradise. When I had the opportunity to return a couple of years later, I jumped at the chance. Of course, things are never the same the second time around. The area had become very popular with the tour boat operators, and in fact, someone (no idea who) was charging a 100 baht fee if you wanted to walk, sit on the sand, or swim directly off the beach. Disappointing, to say the least, but the beauty of the beach was still intact, and I imagine that it still is today.
#2 Hualien County, Taiwan
Taiwan Mist takes number 2 spot with 20,662 votes. I don’t know the name of the mountain we were on or remember the name of the resort, but what I do remember is the torrential rain lasting for a good two hours. When the rain ended, we were treated to this dreamy mist, the perfect backdrop to the towering coconut trees and the lush vegetation.
#3 Namhansanseong Park and Fortress
I captured this colourful and ornate temple roof line at Namhansanseong in Seoul. and this shot has been viewed a total of 20,177 times. Namhansanseong was a temporary capital during the Joesan dynasty and now a World UNESCO property. If you’re visiting Seoul, it’s an interesting and picturesque destination worthy of a morning or afternoon wander and is easily accessible by subway and bus.
Address and How to Get There:
경기도 광주시 중부면 산성리
Sanseong-RI Joongbu-myeon Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Subway: Get off at Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit No. 2. Take City Bus No. 9, and get off at Namhansanseong bus stop. (Travel Time: 20 Min., Buses depart every 20 Min.)
Bus: Take bus 13-2 from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gangbeun Station. Transfer to bus 15-1 at the entrance of Namhansanseong, and exit at the last stop.
Open year-round and the free admission makes it easy on everyone’s’ budget.
#4 Gunung Kawi, Bali
With 19,952 views, Bali’s lush and colourful Gunung Kawi holds number 4 spot in the most viewed. At the bottom of these many many stairs is a major Hindu temple, with 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). It’s one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments (according to Lonely Planet).
The day I was there it rained (HARD). That’s why the sky in this photo looks so washed out. (This was just before the downpour.)I think the lushness of the trees and rice paddy on the right makes up for the colourless sky! Private drivers are plentiful on Bali and happy to take you to Gunung Kawi.
#5 Seoul Forest, Seoul
Seoul Forest is holding number 5 spot with 16,559 views. As you can see the park is home to some awesome Fall colours. Anytime you need a break from Seoul’s concrete jungle grab the subway and head to the forest. Picturesque any time of the year, you won’t be disappointed.
The park is open 24 hours a day, and free to enter. Take Subway line 2 to Ttukseon Station and leave through Exit 8.
Rural Korea Springtime
Number 6 spot, 15,744 views, is also a photo captured here in Korea. Spring is one of my favourite seasons here, and I take every chance I get to get out of the city and watch Mother Nature as she wakes. Many farms have a traditional pagoda, where workers take their noonday break, lunch usually followed by a short nap time.
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