Olympic Bridge over the Han River, Seoul

The picture below is one of the bridge in Han River, Seoul, I took this photo while inside the bus going home. We are stuck in short traffic so to entertain myself I took photos of the scenery outside using a zoom picture of my camera.

Han River Bridge

The Han River is a major river in South Korea and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula after the Amnok, Duman, and Nakdong rivers.

Olympic Bridge or Grand Olympic Bridge (Korean: 올림픽대교) is a bridge over the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. The bridge links the Gwangjin and Songpa districts. Its construction started in 1985, but was not completed until 1990, after the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988, because the bridge under construction had collapsed.

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Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

South Korea was also known from Cherry Blossoms though Japan is more popular destinations for this flowers. The other day my friend and I went to Spring Flower Festival in Yeouido, Seoul.

Cherry Blossoms

This is the festival’s 9th year and it is always popular with local and international tourists as it is considered the best place to view cherry blossoms in Seoul. This comes as no surprise since there are 1,641 cherry blossom trees along the road running parallel to the Hangang River where the festival takes place.

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Loboc River Cruise

Cruising in the Loboc River is one of the tourist  attraction in Bohol, we didn’t waste an opportunity to cruise. A cruise along the river starts either from the Loay Bridge (in Loay) or at the Poblacion of Loboc. The Loay Bridge is 20 kilometers (12 mi) from Tagbilaran City while the Poblacion is about 25 kilometers (16 mi) away.

There are floating restaurants where you can eat while cruising, offering Filipino cuisines and delicacies that costs P300 or more per head.

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Find some Adventure in Goa

Goa is a small state in West India. It’s a beautiful beach town with plenty of activities for all to pursue, with its amazing beaches, fun night life and a wide range of activities to get your teeth into.

Motorbike

Whilst your there, it’s a great idea to rent a motorbike. It’s an exhilarating way to view the city, and petrol is pretty cheap there too. You’ll get to cut the traffic and cut taxi prices.

Water sports

With its numerous beaches and lengthy coastline, Goa provides an ideal location for water sports. Whether it’s windsurfing, jet-skiing or surfing you’re interested in, there are plenty of places to rent equipment from. You have a fair choice of beaches to pick from, such as Palolem, a quieter location with smaller waves, where the water is clear and warm. The water sports in Goa are filled with adventure, excitement and not forgetting safety!

There are also a number of restaurants and bars for you to sit back and relax and enjoy some of the finest Indian food and drink. Goa is also recognized as one of the best diving destinations in India. It’s home to a massive array of colourful, aquatic creatures for you to discover under water.

You’ve got the choice to do some less dangerous water activities or be brave and go for something that requires a lot more courage.  The beaches have a dedicated team of professionals to help ensure your safety and well-being.

Trekking

The Sahyadri Hills offers a delight place for some trekking; it’s full of challenging trials. You can go alone or you can take part in a group expedition, and discover some captivating, picture perfect views of the area. You can even do some river crossing, rock climbing and rappelling.

Explore Goa on foot and become a proper tourist. Places such as Mollem and Sanguem bring you closer to nature with every step.

Nature

Goa offers plenty of ways to get close to nature. If you’re brave enough you can go crocodile spotting. It usually starts at Mandovi River and continues through to the Zuari River. It’s a thrilling experience, and one which is often not permitted. If you prefer a tamer animal then dolphin watching is also an activity that Goa has on offer. It’s an incredible opportunity to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. There are also a number of wildlife sanctuaries you can go visit, where you can get up and personal with elephants, tigers and lions.

A Tattoo

There are many tattoo artists readily available at most beaches. Don’t worry too much; luckily it’s not a permanent decision, they’ll soon fade away after about a week. It’s a famous black henna tattoo, best known in India, which you can get on some part of your body, something to show when you get home.

Shed all your inhibitions and make the most of all the exciting opportunities that Goa offers

This post was contributed by Gail, a travel blogger for Cheapflights

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Taj Mahal

One of the highlight of traveling to India is be able to see the majestic Taj Mahal. I was in grade 2 when I first heard and see this white marble mausoleum on my English textbook and since then it became my dream to be able to see  personally this world heritage site.

The Taj Mahal   was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

My dream came true when we visited India on December 2011, it was so magical that you can feel everyone’s excitement the moment you enter the gate to the main site.

Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

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Fatehpur Sikri – Buland Darwaza

Traveling to India and visiting  Taj Mahal in Agra could be more worth it if you will also visit Fatehpur Sikri which 43 kilometer away from Agra. Fatephur Sikri  was built during the 16th century, the Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collection of Mughal architecture in India.

Above is the gate of Fatehpur Sikir or what is called Buland Darwaza meaning ‘high’ or ‘great’ gate in Persian. It is also known as the “Gate of Magnificence.” Buland Darwaza or the loft gateway was built by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 A.D. at Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar built the Buland Darwaza to commemorate his victory over Gujarat.

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Rounded Kiosk in Temple of Heaven Park

This is one of the best kiosk I have seen, the design is amazing. This photo was taken in Temple of Heaven Park in China, Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious building that was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

Most of the Chinese in this park has their own activities like dancing, singing and even sports. So you are not going to be surprised if you saw them on group enjoying each others company.

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Longmen Grottoes

There are a lot of things to see in China from the Great wall to extravagant palaces,  Buddhist temples and arts , Grottoes and more. That’s why if you are planning for a trip that  is never ending fly to China, experience and love the culture

If you are looking for finest example of Chinese Buddhist Art you will love to see Longmen Grottoes in Louyang, it is  housing of  tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples.

The images are carves into  limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan mountains, running east and west. The Yi River flows northward between them and the area used to be called Yique (“The Gate of the Yi River”).The alternative name of “Dragon’s Gate Grottoes” derives from the resemblance of the two hills that check the flow of the Yi River to the typical “Chinese gate towers” that once marked the entrance to Luoyang from the south.

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Sigiriya

Sri Lanka which is formerly known as Ceylon is one best destination to spend your holiday in style. So if you are looking for something different  explore the country’s exquisite natural beauty and remarkable  heritage sites.

One of the place you should visit is Sigiriya, a  thousand years old large stone which is also called Lion’s rock.  It is a rock fortress and palace ruin which is surrounded by the extensive gardens and numerous caves.

Sigiriya was donated by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha and was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC. According to the chronicles as Mahavamsa the entire complex was built by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE), and after the king’s death, it was used as a Buddhist monastery until 14th century.

It is one of the highly visited tourist destination and noted for its spectacular beauty all over the world.  One of the major high light are the paintings or frescoes.

The Lion Gate and Final Climbing Stretch

We’ve visited the place after touring around the holy city of Kandy. Even though we don’t want to hire a guide we can’t  say no anymore when are driver told us to follow the young guy which I think a student, so we just follow the flow. It was raining hard so it was slippery to climb but it didn’t stop us to do it. I climbed up to last step which are guide pointed to us.

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Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur

Bangladesh is a country which is not really most visited by travelers but the country has a lot of things to offer among aspiring travelers, it has rich history and culture.  There are many historical sites in Bangladesh like Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the most important archeological sites in the country  and best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent.

A seal bearing the inscription of Shri-Somapure-Shri-Dharmapaladeva-Mahavihariyarya-bhiksu-sangghasya was excavated in Paharpur which  identified that Somapura Mahavihara was built on circa 781-821  by second Pala king Dharmapala of Pāla Dynasty.

According to records the monastery was repaired and renovated during the reign of Mahipala (circa 995—1043 AD) and destroyed by fire in the 11th century during a conquest by the Vanga Army killing Vipulashrimitra’s ancestor Karunashrimitra.  Then about a century later Vipulashrimitra renovated the vihara and added a temple of Tara. The restoration work was alluded to as jagatang netraika vishrama bhuh (a singular feast to the eyes of the world).

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