Archive for June, 2013

Jama Masjid is India’s Largest Mosque

Mosque like churches is a praise of worship, it is place of worship among Islam followers.  I never seen a mosque while growing up because we live in a neighborhood and country where Christianity is the main religion of many.

Jama Masjid

The picture shown above is Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, the term jama masjid means “Mosque of Assembly” or “Congregational Mosque”. The mosque was built in the year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD under the commissioned of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

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Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Learning local history in school is part of the curriculum, knowing your country’s national hero, flowers, animals is among other things. Learning your country’s national wonders and famous attractions is a must too. There are some local places that I could only see on my history books while growing up and learning at school.

Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills is one of the attraction that my country is proud of,  it is geological formation in Bohol, Philippines.  It was said that there are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres . The hills are covered in green grass and turns brown during dry season, hence the name originated.

Chocolate Hills

We’ve been to Bohol last year and the Chocolates Hill is one of the high lights of our trip. We rented  a car for one day tour, it was worth visiting and somehow wondering how the hills are formed.

There are four legends explaining the formation of Chocolate Hills one of them tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

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Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

It was almost end of the winter when we visited this palace in Suwon after renewing our visa, photo below is the main gate of the palace. As what I have read Haenggung is a shelter where King rested after a war, it is one of the biggest shelter that King Jeongjo used after long journey.

Hwaseong Haenggung

When King Jeongjo was not around the palace  was used by his delegated official as a base of government. Haenggung was  also used for a 60th birthday party for King Jeongjo’s mother, elderly citizens’ feasts and national exams.

 Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

Moreover Jangyongyeong guarding ceremony is held at the Front Gate every Sunday from April to October, that’s what saw before they opened the gates’

There are 22 buildings in Haenggung Palace excluding the servants’ quarters, arranged in an approximately rectangular layout at the eastern foot of Paldalsan, the small hill on which the western side of Hwaseong stands. The entrance to the palace from the centre of town is the main gate, Sinpungnu, known as Jinnamnu when it was constructed in 1790 but renamed five years later under King Jeongjo’s orders.


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