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Old September 1st, 2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2009 KOREA Photos #1 - Sneak Preview

I visited Korea again in April this year. This time, my visit was highly targeted to certain areas I haven't been to before, and places where my old photos were not so satisfactory and had to be re-taken. Here is a sneak preview of what to expect in upcoming parts.

1. Changgyeonggung Palace requires visitors to join a tour with a guide. Strangely, even the big palace, Gyeongbokgung, doesn't require that.

2. Restoring too much destroys the historic beauty.

4. Bukcheon is a hidden gem in Seoul. I start to see it being mentioned in the guidebooks but the main tourist information centre at Insadong was short on details. Lucky I persisted and discovered a lot of great surprises.

8. Seoul actually has some city walls left. I didn't know too much about it at first. Then I saw for myself during a hike near Dongdaemun. These are actually in the heart of town!

12. Many years ago, I had a delightful lunch at the top-floor restaurant. Now it has turned far too upscale to eat there.

13. I joined a local Korean tour for a day trip to Andong. The bus ride was long, but the old-style homes and historic feel were all kept very well.

17. When in Korea, always try the street food!

21. I arrived just in time for cherry bloosoms! Although many were cut down following Japanese occupation, some remain and offer a nice tranquil retreat away from busy city life!

24. A mix of old and new :

25. Bulguksa Temple is a very famous spiritual ground in Gyeongju.

Stay tuned ... my Korea photo series is coming soon!
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 01:30 AM   #2
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I really like the Gyeongju pics!

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