Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

Seoul National Cemetery

Known as the nation’s sanctuary, the Seoul National Cemetery (국립서울현충원) is where martyred patriots and dedicated civil servants rest in peace. Established by President Syngman Rhee (이승만) in 1955, these hallowed grounds measure approximately 1.43 million square meters. It is a beautiful and peaceful place where people can honor fallen heroes. It is also a […]

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Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word bamboo? I immediately think of pandas! The Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) in Damyang (담양) certainly has pandas but not the playful and cuddly kind, although these children might disagree. Damyang’s Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) is also known as the Juknokwon Bamboo […]

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Colors of Korea: Green

Before coming to South Korea, I had this idea of a country filled with skyscrapers and streets jammed with cars. With over 50 million people sharing approximately 100,000 square kilometers, land is at a premium and green was far from the color I would use to describe the country. But having lived here and traveled […]

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Bongamsa Temple

It’s been a year since my last post, which was about Yongjusa Temple on Buddha’s Birthday. There’s no post better to end my dry spell than writing about Bongamsa Temple (봉암사). Unlike other temples in Korea, Bongamsa Temple is open to the public for only one day of the year–on Buddha’s Birthday. Founded in 879 during […]

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Yongjusa Temple on Buddha’s Birthday

Living in Dongtan allows me to easily get to Hwaseong Fortress, Yungneung and Geolleung, and Yongjusa Temple. Although I’ve already been to Yongjusa Temple, I decided to visit it again on Buddha’s Birthday last year. Yongjusa Temple (용주사) means the dragon jewel temple. It was originally built in 854 AD under the name Garyangsa Temple. […]

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Big-O Yeosu

Big-O is the symbolic landmark of the Yeosu Expo. The O stands for Ocean which is the main theme of the Expo. Or as my husband likes to say, “that’s the shape your mouth makes as your jaw drops from watching this massive fountain.” During the day, it is the backdrop for fountain shows and […]

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DSME Marine Robot Pavilion

The DSME Marine Robot Pavilion is the largest single pavilion at the Yeosu Expo. It was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) which is the second largest shipbuilder in the world. This pavilion focuses on robots, from how they are made to what they can do now and in the future. It […]

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Aqua Planet Yeosu

Aqua Planet at the Yeosu Expo site is the biggest aquarium in Korea. Built by Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp., this four-story 16,400 square meter aquarium is bigger than COEX Aquarium and Busan Aquarium. Aqua Planet is divided into three parts: Coastal Life, Marine Life, and the Eco-Terrarium. In the Coastal Life zone, visitors can […]

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Worldwide Korea Bloggers Welcoming Ceremony

Last December, I was chosen to be part of the second batch of the Worldwide Korea Bloggers (WKB) for Korea.net. A welcoming ceremony was held on March 23 at the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) offices in Seoul. There I met other WKB bloggers, WKB featured writers, and KOCIS staff. We were shown the […]

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Seoul Body Worlds Exhibit

The War Memorial Museum of Korea has been hosting the Body Worlds exhibit. Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibits are shown all over the world and each one has a different theme. The theme for the exhibit in Seoul is The Cycle of Life. It all starts with… ….the development of embryo and fetus. The […]

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