Its been a while since my last blog, well it had a reason and here I am giving it to you, please consider that this was my first Timelapse, and made within a short period of time. There are a loot more to show of Seoul, Korea. And on future I will try to do a bigger project coving a lot more spectacular spots of Seoul. For now please enjoy Seoul Time-Lapse.
After finishing daily lab and class work, Shuvra Mondal have tried to make his first Time-Lapse video of Seoul, covering around 15 destination in Seoul and Incheon (Songdo) in about one month and with 5000 photographs.
This is how I would like to Introduce and show Korea to the world, which is dynamic and energetic. You don’t need to look too far for things to do in Korea there is always something going on that will make you fall in love with it.
Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna
*I like rock music and Gayageum is a Korean traditional music Instrument and I loved this cover!
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My “Bridges over Han River” in Seoul series continues with another extra ordinary bridge, Mapo bridge, In Korean (마포대교). Now this is one is extra-ordinary not just because it has a extreme eye catching structure, also this bridge is known as “Bridge of Life” A.K.A “Suicide bridge”. You can find many article written about this bridge on this issue.
According to KTO – Mapo Bridge connects Yonggang-dong, Mapo-gu and Yeouido-dong (Yeongdeungpo-gu) and is 1,400m long and 25m wide (6-lane road). The construction of the bridge first started in February of 1968 and was completed in May of 1970. At the time of its completion the bridge was named “Seoul Bridge,” which was later changed to “Mapo Bridge” in 1984. The bridge was the fourth bridge to be built over the Hangang River following the construction of Hannam Bridge.
This bridge is spectacular from above, for its famous scissors shape so I shot this one from a roof top of nearby apartment. I loved the sunset over there, and definitely will be back again. Hope you enjoy the Pictures.
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Bonus View of 63 Building, from the roof.
I have mentioned before in one of my article Festivals Of Korea for Everydaykorea.com that Korea is the land of festival or “축제” (chukje)- in Hangeul. They have a huge number of festival and they are so versatile that you will be surprised. I always look for time to get to these festivals and take a break from everything, to get fresh with a new city, food and nature. Every time I go to a new city in Korea either for festival or visit, I try to stay at least one night there in that way I have more time to explore as well more time to relax.
From first year of my stay in Korea in 2012 I always wanted to Visit this great display over Namgang River in JInju, and finally forced myself to go there. And fortunately Korea Tourism Organization arranged Global Groups – for tours during festival allover Korea, and I got the chance to go for Jinju Lantern Festival as well Daegu Herb Medicine Festival. Many thanks to organizer for providing us great transportation, food, guide, accommodation and most importantly good friends whom we met over tour.
The Jinju Lantern Festival takes place every year for 10 days in October, featuring hundreds of lanterns not only floating on the Nam River, but also scattered inside the Jinju fortress and castles. The festival is held to commemorate the patriotic spirit of the 70,000 militia corps and government troops who died for their country defending Jinju from the Japanese forces during the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592).
|Take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal.
Exit the terminal towards the river.
Turn right, and walk for 5min to arrive at the festival site.
I apologies for picture quality, I was caring my small Fuji x20 not to kill my neck for 2 days. And Pictures from these trip was published in KTO official Facebook page, thanks to KTO for that again – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152684420992492.1073742030.340785907491&type=1
Rebranded Some Sevit by the Hyosung Group, which now operate them, the artificial islands that have stood—or floated, in this case—conspicuously empty almost continuously since they were completed in 2011 have been transformed into Seoul’s newest culture and leisure destination, a waterborne palace of art, entertainment and fine dining. Appearances in the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the US reality program “America’s Next Top Model” have also drawn considerable public attention on the landmark. And with the renovation scheduled for completion in September, the fun has only just begun.
– From article written by “Robert Koehler” Editor of Seoul Selection and the most influential media person among expats in Korea.
The Some Sevit (세빛섬), Islands Sevit, or Floating Islands are artificial islands in the Han River, Seoul, South Korea.It was built in 2006 but was rebranded in 2011. It has 3 islands: Some Gavit, Chavit, and Solvit. I went there to Banpo Hangang park to photograph, with a fear in mind that the Island can be dark , but fortunately the Islands were lighted up and I manage to get some nice shots as well. In fact I liked some of the shots soo much that I have decided to share with the world. Many thanks to Korea Tourism Organization who shared two of my photos;
Enjoy the pictures and if you have time before its gets really cold visit this amazing full of life place.
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분) is a very popular name in Seoul, Korea or even enthusiasts around the world who knows a little about kDrama! It is well deserved because, Banpo bridge is worlds longest bridge fountain. The rainbow fountain show with music for 15 mins attracts a loot of people beneath it. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and night. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music.
Han River is heaven for seoul citizens apart from the freezing winter because it offers a lot to be honest. Hangang Park is composed of Gwangnaru, Jamsil, Ttukseom, Jamwon, Banpo, Ichon, Yeouido, Yanghwa, Mangwon, Seonyudo, Nanji, and Gangseojigu – a total of 12 districts. Each park has its unique characteristics that fit the district, and especially Yeouido, Jamsil, and Ttukseom districts are very popular because of the ferry cruise services on Hangang River. Banpo Hangang park is one of the major of them, and the main attraction is Banpo Bridge Fountain show, apart from a free open air movie theater, Amazing floating island ( Soon I will write about them 🙂 ) and of course delivery of chicken and pizza and beer right where you are sitting and enjoying your evening with your beloved ones.
|April-October (Duration: 15min)
* Weekdays: 12:00, 20:00, 21:00
* Weekends: 12:00, 17:00, 19:30 (July & August only), 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30
This schedule is usually followed if the weather is not too and wind is not too hard. If you go on a nice fresh day defiantly you will be able to enjoy the fountain.
Sharing some pictures I took during my last visit, please enjoy.
© 2014 Shuvra Mondal
My quest for bridges over Han River goes on with another beautiful bridge – Seongsu Bridge (성수대교). Now I have planned to covered all the large and famous Bridges of Han River but I really have doubt about this because in every case I have to face some difficulties. Either weather (rain) or The Lights of the bridge was the issue that even to shoot this bridge I had to go twice. Now this bridge is very famous for its structure,The cantilever bridge was completed in 1979 and its total length is 1160 m which is connecting Seongsu-dong and Apgujeong-dong of Gangnam-gu, Seoul. So Very important bridge caring a lot of people everyday and of-course unlike any other Han Gang park, its very relaxing and perfect for jogging, Biking or just walking just along Han river enjoying a amazing night view of Seongsu Bridge.
There is another reason for this bridge being famous and thats a sad side. Around 07:40 hours on October 21, 1994, Seongsu Bridge connecting Seongsu-dong and Apgujeong-dong of Gangnam-gu, Seoul, collapsed. The slab (48 m) between the fifth and the sixth leg of the Bridge collapsed so 32 people died and 17 people were injured while they were on the way to office or school. But it regained its dignity and now standing steel with pride.
After two failed attempts to photograph two of Seoul’s most popular bridges, yesterday I was lucky enough to get the rare lights of Banghwa Bridge, that only turns on during special occasions. Well I was also lucky to find the right spot, thanks to a great photographer I meet who has all the exclusive shots of Seoul. Still it was not that easy, Subway, walk, finding the trail, overpassing secure area! and last but not least 1000 bites of those wild mosquitos didn’t let me stay more than 10 minutes to shoot. Shots are not that amazing, still would love to share my experience with you.
Home of Le Petit Prince in Gapyeong-gun, (Gyeonggi-do, Korea) is another amazing place to visit in weekend as its just 1 hour drive from Seoul. Because the place is so popular mainly because of Korean drama’s location, traffic in weekends can easily add 1 more extra hour.After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture.
The place is amazingly beautiful and the architecture will take you to a land of fairytale ofPetite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ With good enough transportation its ok to spend a half a day there and return home, also they have pensions and hotels inside Petite France and you can spend the night over there with a real French environment.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Sangbong Bus Terminal. Take an intercity bus to Cheongpyeong (청평).From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Petite France. (The Bus has specific times to start) Taxi will cost you 16000won to 18000won($16~$18).
By subway: Go to Cheongpyeong Station (청평) either itx/normal subway. From there take Bus to Petite France.
Cheongpyeong (청평) is a popular place just outside Seoul because its connecting a lot of destination like Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, Namisom etc. also hundreds of water resorts and parks. Hotels and Korean restaurants are available near bus terminal.
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If you are KDrama or Korean drama fan you already know that bridges in Seoul are breathtaking and in reality they are! There are 27 small and big bridges over Han river (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeongi-do) but 7 of them is considered a must to visit and that includes worlds largest fountain bridge (Banpo) etc. Ttukseom Bridge (뚝섬유원지) is definitely a major one and a must visit specially when the weather is nice and not cold. The crowed in weekends gives you a clear idea how popular the place is, specially for a nice evening with 치맥 (Fried chicken and Beer). Also a major attraction for bikers, photographer and people who loves to watch classic Korean Movies in a Big screen for free. This weekend from a photography group we went for a photo walk in Ttukseom Bridge (뚝섬유원지). Mostly Korean both senior and amateur photo enthusiastic got together and I arrived as the only foreigner there! lol. I was surprised to see the number of visitors there! for for photographing the place better not to choose weekend. To get there just get off subway line no 7뚝섬유원지역(Ttukseom Resort Station) Exit 3.