Bolshoi Theatre

When we traveled to Russia two months ago one of the places we visited is the historic Bol’shoy Theatre which is just in front of the Red Square.  As I am not really the one reading or preparing our itinerary I am not aware of the importance of the theatre in my eyes it is just a new building which has good columns and architectural design.  My husband informed me that it is historical and consider to be one of the oldest theatre in the world.

Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi theatre holds performances of ballet and opera it was designed by architect Joseph Bove, it was raining when we visited so we are not able to snap a good picture.The theatre main building has been renovated and rebuilt many times through out the history. Bolshoi Theatre is a landmark of Moscow and Russia, you can see its neoclassical facade in a 100 ruble banknote.

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Traveling in Myanmar: Mandalay Palace

We spend a vacation in Myanmar from December 29, 2012  to January 6, 2013 excluding the flight days.  We fly from South Korea to Thailand and from Thailand to Myanmar. Traveling those months to Myanmar was not good after all, there’s only a few hostels to stay in and most of them are fully booked.

Mandalay Palace

[Mandalay Palace]

When we arrived in Mandalay  looking for a place to stay in became our main problem,  we didn’t book in advance because if not fully booked some hotels have no website. We left our bags to the first hostel on our list so we could find a place to stay, we eventually find a hotel after asking a few locals and as usual we didn’t waste our time, we just left our bags and we started our day tour right away without eating and showering first.

Mandalay Palace

We hired a rickshaw/pick-up combined to the Mandalay Palace costing about 400 Kyats if I am not mistaken after which we visited the nearby Paya’s and see the sunset at Mandalay Hill together with other tourists from many countries.

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Hahoe Folk Village

Chuseok was just over in Korea and unlike those previous thanksgiving holiday that we travel we decided to stay home this year, trying to save money for our six months travel plan. It was 0n 2010 when we stayed in Busan and travel in the nearby cities like Andong where we are able to visit Hahoe Folk Village, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Hahoe Folk Village

The Hahoe Folk Village (Korean: 안동하회마을) is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and old tradition of clan-based villages.

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Hyehwa Catholic Church

One of the popular hangout by many Filipinos in Korea is Hyehwa because every Sunday afternoon (1:30PM) there’s a Tagalog mass at Hyehwa Catholic Church and just nearby is the  informal Filipino Market where you can buy Filipino food and groceries.

Hyehwa Catholic Church

If you are a Filipino and new to Korea and want to see fellow countrymen or eat local food you’ve missed in the Philippines,  you can always dropped in Hyehwa-dong every Sunday, subway line 4 – Hyehwa Station and exit through exit 1, just walk straight and you will reach the informal Filipino market and just walk straight ahead you could reach the Catholic Church.

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Spending Liberation Day at Bukchon Hanok Village

As it was holiday last Thursday my friend and I visited Bukchon Hanok Village, as expected most of the houses has Korean flag on display to commemorates Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol), the victory of Korea against Japan.

Buckhon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village sits between the two palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung it is home for hundreds of old houses dating back the time Joseon Dynasty.  Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture to travelers and visitors.

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View of Namsan Seoul Tower from National Museum of Korea

The Namsan Seoul Tower is one of the top destination of travelers in Seoul, it is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul and consider to be the highest point in Seoul. I believed the tower could be seen anywhere where you are in Seoul City. The photo below was taken when my friend and I visited the National Museum of Korea in 2010, it was taken at the observation deck of the museum.

Namsan Seoul Tower

There are two ways to visit Namsan Seoul Tower  you can ride the cable car up to the mountain or take the #03 yellow bus up to the Namsan Park from Chungmuro station. The tower features a gift shop and restaurants on the ground floor and you may go up the tower  observation deck for a fee which is already included if your ride the cable car. The small tower beside N Seoul Tower is a second lattice transmission tower.

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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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A Pagoda at Indosan Nipponji Temple

Just some random photos I took when we visited the Japanese temple in Bodh Gaya. Indosan Nipponji is quite simple compare to its neighbor Bhutanese simple but despite that the temple has  a large yard with colorful flowers.

Indosan Nipponji Temple, Bodh Gaya

We took a little rest while wearing back our shoes so I am able to take photos randomly in the yard.

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