SCENES FROM SOUTH KOREA, SEOUL, PART 1

 

Looking back at the last 18 days of holiday.

And so the journey begins, Seoul, South Korea… 

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The Dongaemum Design Plaza

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The Dongaemum Design Plaza

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The Dongaemum Design Plaza

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Pink character in the The Dongaemum Design Center

 

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1st night of arrival, we ask a taxi to bring us to the centre of Gangnam and he drops us off in front of & Other Stories, I work at the Paris Atelier of & Other Stories!

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The City Hall water wave of glass over the Metropolitan Library 

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Cycling through the traffic at Yeouido

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A modern shopping mall 

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Bike ride along the Han River

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The city seen from the National Museum of Korea

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Interior Ceiling of the National Museum of Korea

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Buddha in the National Museum of Korea 

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The city rising at Yeouido

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A face sculpture near Seoul Station

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The Lotte World Tower seen from Lotte World (think Disney in pastel shades)

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The city and Namsan Mountain seen from the N Seoul Tower

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Namsan Mountain, Seoul

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The N Seoul Tower seen from the Namsagol Hanok Village

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Interior of a house in the Hanok village

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Taekwondo in Action at the Hanok Village 

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Traditional Costume (Hanbok) at the Hanok Village 

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The changing of the Deoksungung palace guard

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Deoksungung palace

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British colonial architecture on the Deoksungung palace grounds

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Bell on the grounds of Deoksungung palace

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Deoksungung palace detail

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Traditional Hanbok costume at the Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Girls taking pictures at the Changdeokgung Palace 

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Relaxing at the Changdeokgung Palace

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Hand painted detail of the wooden roof at the Changdeokgung Palace

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Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at the Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace 

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The Secret Garden and Pavilion at the Changdeokgung Palace (Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910)

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The Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace

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The Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace

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The Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace

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The Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace

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The Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace

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Changdeokgung Palace

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The Men’s quarters in the secret garden at the Changdeokgung Palace

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The Men’s quarters in the secret garden at the Changdeokgung Palace

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Changdeokgung Palace

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Changdeokgung Palace

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Ready for the hike at Bukansan National Park Mountain Range

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Buddhas at the first Temple along the mountain trail 

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Buddhist Temple along the mountain trail 

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Buddhist Temple along the mountain trail 

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Going up

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Another mountain Temple 

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Mountain Temple Bell

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Temple entrance gate 

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Golden Buddha in the hills

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Temple roof detail 

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Buddhist Temple 

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Top of the mountain 

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A view from the top.

To be continued…

All photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

FLYING IN AIR

I am airborne,
Life is being lived
Beneath me
Amid the flickering lights,
In the daunting darkness,
Like festive fairies twinkling-
All myth and mystery,
Miles away
Amid mountains
That look like molehills,
Meandering mechanically
In moving motors.

I am now living
In the breath held,
Passing through time,
Pausing,
Passive,
Patient,
Pondering possibilities,
Playing ability
Against probability
Wondering where I will rest
One day, that day
When wings ring out
With weariness
And my feet find their land again
And path to plod along.
I know
What lies beneath,
Have seen the suction
Of the cites
And their seduction,
Have seen the wonder
In the wilderness
Where wolves are wild
And winds are free,
But I am ignorant
Of what rests above,
Up there,
Out of reach,
Far from sight
In the darkening deafness,
Beyond the burnt out stars
And all understanding of existence.

I am airborne,
Live is being
Lived out
Beneath me,
Without me,
And I wonder
Are the souls
Who left me
Long ago
Flying above me?

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