- Return to 김해시 (27 Jun 2009)
- Korean Independence Day (15 Aug 2009)
- Uirimsa Valley (18 Oct 2009)
- Return to Gubok-ri (31 Oct 2009)
- 창덕궁 Changdeokgung (25 Apr 2010)
A marker with two lions and plenty of hanja writing.
The beautiful lake in 울산대공원 Ulsan Big Park.
Looking our from near the top of the mountain at the end of 의림사 Uirimsa Valley, looking southeast. From here you can see 진동면 Jindong-myeon, 저도교 Jeodo Bridge in 구복리 Gubok-ri, and even out across the sea to 거제시 Geoje.
Looking out over 평암리 Pyeongam-ri on my way down the west side of the ridge.
The main road through _tag;ruby lang="ko">전주한옥마을_tag;rt lang="en">Jeonju Hanok Traditional Village_tag;/rt>_tag;/ruby>. It's a little tourist area with various street vendors and a few museums. It's a nice place for a little stroll.
Koreans love getting their picture taken by this large tree in these beautiful autumn colors.
The park on Eulsukdo island looking across Nakdong River to Busan.
The river through 서김해 West Gimhae with the future Gimhae Light Rail line running over.
An interesting old building tucked away in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
One of a group of buildings in 김해 한옥체함관 Traditional Korean House in Gimhae.
Another lake with a board walk, but this one has attracted many Korean families with their children.
The main gate entrance to 창덕궁 ChangDeokGung Palace.
The main entrance to this small palace. All palaces feature this artifical stream we must cross for a ritual cleansing before entering the palace.
The start of the 청계천 CheonggyeCheon stream running through downtown Seoul. Water is pumped to here and the stream starts with a waterfall. As you can see, it also proves to be quite popular among locals looking to escape the heat.
A look west along the ChenggyeCheon.
The 흥녜문 HeungNyeMun, the second inner south gate to 경복궁 GyeongBokGung (Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven), the main palace of the Kings of the Joseon Dynasty before the Japanese Invasions of the 1590's.
The main stone courtyard in front of 근정전 Geunjeongjeon, the large throne hall where the King formally accepted audiences. The original building was burned down during the Japanese Invasions of the 1590's and this building was built in 1867 during the reconstruction.
A nice view of the 근정전 Geunjeongjeon Throne Hall of the 경복궁 Gyeongbokgung Palace.
The new Gwanghwamun Plaza, looking north to the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Looking south from the Throne Hall of Gyeongbokgung to the skyline of modern 서울 Seoul.
Seoul at night
A close look at the stream at the entrance to the palace. Crossing over the stream before entering the inner palace is to symbolically cleanse visitors before they meet the King.
There were a couple automated ticketing machines available at ChangDeokGung Palace, in Seoul, but this sign above them clearly dictates in English "For Korean Nationals Only"... Now, really, why couldn't it read "Only in Korean Language"? And then why couldn't they add some common internation languages (primarily English and Japanese)? It's just so Korean to make foreigners feel unwelcome...
A better view of 영녕전 Yeongnyeongjeon.
The throne hall of 경희궁 GyeonghuiGung Palace.
Yellow dressed musicians in this special ceremony at Deoksugung.
대한문 Daehanmun, the main gate entrance to 덕수궁 Deoksugung Palace. The gate had been located in the middle of the busy street running between the palace and Seoul City Hall, but has been moved as the street's been widened.
The main throne hall of 덕수궁 Deoksugung Palace with the King's (er, "emperor") residence behind in neo-Greco-Roman architechture.
A look at 東大門 동대문 Dongdaemun (East Big Gate) from outside the old city walls.
흥인지문 Heunginjimun, the east gate of the fortress wall which surrounded Seoul. It is also refered to as 東大門 동대문 Dongdaemun (East Big Gate).
The entryway into 의림사 Uirimsa Temple
_tag;ruby lang="ko">객사_tag;rt>Gaeksa_tag;/rt>_tag;/ruby>, an old Buddist Temple in the center of Jeonju. Actually part of the central shopping district, the temple draws a crowd of teenagers who are there just hanging out.
Looking west to Busan from 태종대 Taejongdae in 영도구 Yeongdo-gu.
진주성 Jinjuseong (Jinju Fortress) as the sun sets.
Trying to be like a real city, they put changing color lights on this bridge over the river in 무주 Muju.
On the touristic bridge on the East China Sea shaped like a sail.
Seoul City Hall (서울 시청) at night.
돈화문 Donhwamun (敦化門, Esteem Change Gate), the entrance gate of 창덕궁 Changdeokgung.
The central throne hall of 창덕궁 Changdeokgung.
In the garden of 창덕궁 Changdeokgung.
대구타워 Daegu Tower, or alternatively 우방타워 Ubang Tower, a tall tourist attraction providing a view over the city. Many Korean and Japanese cities feature such point-less structures.