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Snowy Snapshots

It snowed a lot last Friday and I took the chance to walk around the snowy street to take some photos of snowfall this year. When I went to downtown I dropped by the nearby park and lake to snap some photos. It was just unfortunate that I didn’t bring a tripod with me so I don’t have good photo of me in the snowy park.

Snowy Snapshots

The park was empty so I am able to walk around and take many photos I want without thinking what would other people with think with my non-stop snapshots. The photo above is just one of the photos I took in my short snowy adventure.

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View from Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju

The View from Seongsan Ilchulbong in Jeju is so lovely and mesmerizing.  It is a place where do you want to stay the whole day looking around you and below. It has an uplifting mood and a good place to hang around when you sad and lonely.

View from Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju

Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island and said to resemble a gigantic ancient castle, this tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater and also displays diverse inner structures resulting from the sea cliff. These features are considered to be of geologic worth, providing information on eruptive and depositional processes of hydromagmatic volcanoes worldwide as well as past volcanic activity of Seongsan Ilchulbong itself. – Wikipedia

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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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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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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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Meteor Garden in National Museum of Korea

This photo was taken almost one and half years ago when a friend and I see each other. I brought her to wander at National Museum of Korea, it has no entrance fee but  too large to see.  While taking this photo I have thought of Meteor Garden because the lane of a jet looks like a meteor or a falling star, isn’t it?

I am into nature photography I love taking photos of the sky, the water, the trees and everything about nature.

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