Time-lapse Seoul, Korea 2014 – Splendid Korea (서울 타임랩스 2014)

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.

Location:
Seoul, Korea
Songdo, Incheon

Music:
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!

PHOTOGRAPHER and EDITOR: Shuvra Mondal (https://www.facebook.com/shuvramondalphoto?ref=hl)

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Seoul Bridge Series: Mapo Bridge “Bridge of Life” (마포대교)

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.

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Dancing In Ancient Disguise, Andong Mask Dance Festival (안동국제탈춤페스티벌)

Andong (안동) in Gyeongsangbuk-do, is well known for jjimdak (찜닭) a mouth watering spicy steamed chicken, Mask Dance Fastival which is held every year, Hahoe Folk Village where you can actually see and feel life around 100 years back and Andong is the home of Confucianism in Korea. During the Joseon Dynasty, Andong attracted scores of Confucian scholars becoming a pioneering city in Confucian thought. This city also contained the highest number of private schools from the Joseon Dynasty as well as Confucian schools. To this day, Andong still has around 26 private schools from the Joseon Dynasty. This city also acted as a home to the noble class during the Joseon period. Now with all these attraction who wouldn’t visit Andong specially when International Mask Dance Festival is Going on.

Hahoe Village was my First Destination, Only one Bus no 46 will take you there from Downtown of from Andong bus terminal, during festival its hard to even get on the bus. But once you are there you will forget the bus ride and will be amazed.Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village_Mask_Festival-1 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village_Mask_Festival-2 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village_Mask_Festival-3 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-1 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-2 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-3 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-4 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-5 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-6 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-7 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-8 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-9 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Folk_Village-10 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Village_2 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Village_3 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Village_4 Korea_Andong_Hahoe_Village Korea_Andong_Wolyeonggyo-Wolyeonggyo-Korea_Andong_Portrait_Hahoe

 

Mask Dance Festival in Mask Dance Theater in Downtown

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Another Very Popular Tourist destination in Andong is  “Wolyeonggyo” Wolyeonggyo Bridge (387m in length and 3.6m in width) is the longest pedestrian overpass made of wood in Korea.

Hangang Landmark – Some Sevit(세빛섬)

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.

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World’s Longest Fountain Bridge- Banpo Bridge (반포대교)

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.

Operating Hours
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.

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Seongsu Bridge (성수대교) Seoul, Korea

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.

Sharing the pictures, and hopefully soon will show you another beautiful bridge of Han River. Thanks.Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_1 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_2 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_3 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_4 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_5 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night_6 Seongsu_Bridge_Seoul_Korea_Night Seoul_Korea_Sunset_Seongsu_Bride_Hanriver_1 Seoul_Korea_Sunset_Seongsu_Bride_Hanriver

Banghwa Bridge (방화대교), Seoul, Korea

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. Seoul_Korea_Banghwa_Bridge__2 Seoul_Korea_Banghwa_Bridge__3 Seoul_Korea_Banghwa_Bridge__Wide Seoul_Korea_Banghwa_Bridge_1 Seoul_Korea_Banghwa_Bridge

Ttukseom- Cheongdam Bridge Seoul(뚝섬유원지)

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.Seoul_Korea_Bridge (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_2 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_3 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_4 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_5 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_6 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_7 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_8 (1 of 1) Seoul_Korea_Bridge_9 (1 of 1)