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Twelve new images showcasing the sights and soul of South Korea including Jeju Island and illuminating the Lifestyle, Heritage and its diverse and long History. Ranging from the religious Lantern Festival and Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul, to an old and unusual Temples set by the seaside in Busan, to sculptures on Jeju Island and the red lighthouse at Malippo on the West Coast subject of an environmental disaster in 2009 (Oil Spill) and now a designated National Park area.
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Photo 1. Lantern Festival, Seoul, South Korea. The Lantern Festival is an annual festival (in November) held in Cheonggyecheon, Seoul. The Seoul Lantern Festival started in 2009. The two-week festival starts on the Friday of the first week in November and covers downtown Seoul in sparkling lights, illuminating the city at night during the early winter. Visitors can encounter various types of lanterns from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyo Bridge (1.2 kilometers)
Photo 2. Yeouido - Cherry Blossom celebrations, Seoul, South Korea. Delicate sakura blooms of the Cherry blossom from the 1,886 Korean cherry trees during April each year. Seoul is especially beautiful during Spring when all kinds of flowers bloom in yellow, pink, and white. In the month of April when the Korean spring truly takes on a life of its own and the cherry blossom flowers bloom.
Photo 3. Yeouido - Cherry Blossom celebrations, Seoul, South Korea. Colourful Fan Dance during the years Cherry Blossom celebrations. Buchaechum is a traditional form of Korean dance also called a fan dance, usually performed by groups of Korean female dancers. Dancers use large fans painted with pink peony blossoms and display a show of dance. In the dance being performed, the dancers represent shaped images using the fans e.g. birds, flowers, butterflies and waves.
Photo 4. Flower Festival, Suncheon, South Korea. The spiral walk at the Suncheon Bay Flower Festival, South Korea Varying by seasons, visitors can expect different types of nature scenes. Migratory birds soaring through the skies in spring, mudskippers and mud flats in summer, turkey and reeds in fall, as well as, the rare hooded cranes in winter – about 200 species of migratory birds can be seen at this ecological tourism spot in Korea.
Photo 5. Conical shell sculpture, Jeju Island, South Korea. Conical Shell Sculpture in the Jusangjeolli Cliffs park on Jeju Isalnd, South Korea. There is a park created close by, parallel to the imposing cliffs, where visitors can enjoy a 2km walk offering beautiful views of the pillars. This park is well maintained, featuring different types of palm trees and beautiful flowers. The area is very spacious, and there is always a continuous flow of visitors coming and going to enjoy the mystical views.
Photo 6. Lighthouse at Malippo, South Korea. Fishing next to the small red Lighthouse in Malippo, part of the Taean Haean National Park, South Korea. Taean County (Taean-gun) is a county in South Chungcheong Do, South Korea. Most famous is Taean Haean National Park, known for its clear seas, unpolluted soils, coastal flora, tidal flats, coasts, and white sand. It includes thirty different beaches; one of these, Mallipo Beach, is considered one of the three most beautiful in Korea.
Photo 7. Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. The Prospering Virtue Palace; built between 1392 and 1897, known as the Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea in Summer. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). As it is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung—along with Changgyeonggung—is also referred to as the "East Palace" (동궐, 東闕, Donggwol).
Photo 8. Hikers at Dobongsan Mountain, South Korea. Hiking and admiring the view in the Bukhansan National Park from Dobongsan, South Korea. It is known for the magnificent rock formations of the Manjangbong, Seoninbong, Jubong, Obong and Uiam Peaks. The mountain is also home to Cheonchuksa Temple, the oldest temple in the region, and several other temples including Mangwolsa and Hoeryongsa, as well as a number of beautiful valleys.
Photo 9. Bulguksa Temple, Bomun Lake, Busan, South Korea. A representative relic of Gyeongju built in 528 and received recognition from UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. Bulguksa Temple was built and rebuilt many times over the years and the name was changed from Hwaeom Bulgaksa Temple to Bulgaksa upon completion in 774.
Photo 10. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan, South Korea. A Buddhist temple in Gijang-gun, Busan built in 1376 set on the seaside close to Haeundae Beach. Built in 1376 by the teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty, and was originally known as Bomun Temple. It was destroyed during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98) but was rebuilt in the 1930s, and was renamed Haedong Yonggung Temple in 1974. The temple complex is a large one and one of few in Korea to be set on the seaside.
Photo 11. March 1st uprising in 1919 in Seoul, South Korea. Memorial to the activists of 1919 and the Korean Declaration of Independence. On March 1, 1919, 33 activists who formed the core of the Samil Movement convened at Taehwagwan Restaurant in Seoul; they read out loud the Korean Declaration of Independence, which had been drawn up by historian Choe Nam-seon.
Photo 12. Memorial at Imjingak, South Korea. A tribute tot he North South Korean war, the remains of the Han Joon-ki lie bullet riddled and rusting at Imjingak. Close to new railroad tracks that eventually are to link North and South Korea, the heart of Han Joon-ki lies rusting and bullet-riddled in the woodsy Demilitarized Zone. Idle for 52 years, his old steam-powered, coal-fired train is an enduring — if decrepit — symbol of the three-year Korean War.
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