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Old September 18th, 2009, 06:15 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.

Seoul
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.



Andong
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!









Gyeongju
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 18th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #2
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lovely!
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Old September 18th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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Amazing thread and photos from Korea @hkskyline, Seoul looks amazing
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Why were the cherry blossoms cut down? Anti-japanese sentiment?
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Old September 19th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #5
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Why were the cherry blossoms cut down? Anti-japanese sentiment?
Following the brutal Japanese colonial period, the resentment was quite strong, and many of the trees were cut down. Today we see what's left of the survivors.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:31 AM   #6
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Really nice pictures.

Thank you for sharing
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