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
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.
Mask Dance Festival in Mask Dance Theater in Downtown
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.
I was never a big fan of #Hiking, too much work! lol after a long time was able to meet two of my good friends, who loves Hiking! and we decided to see Seoul from above. Map and internet showed it was a small climb and trail wasnt that difficult well it was not a very difficult one neither a very easy one specially for me with cameras and catch up with two great Hikers! Finally after climbing 1.8Km reached the top and wow! it was worth it.. view was incredible of beloved #Seoul.
Hanok Village near Chungmuro(Line 4) Station was never a attraction for me, mainly because usually its a magnet for tourists and after living in Jeonju for one year and blending in the most beautiful Hanok Village of Korea was a little disappointing and commercial in my point of view. Today I went there for a walk as well to test my new fuji camera.. and was really surprised by the calmness and beauty of the place, despite of loot of Asian tourists! Actually is a nice place for a quiet evening.
These are some of my favorite Pictures of Seoul, looked up on my archive for #Seoulsync a Seoul based website, up on there request of submitting these photos for there website and Social networking medias.
Took the photo in a glance in the middle of a photo shoot last weekend, this little boy makes me think what was he looking for.. that deep!
This photo is published in PIK Magazine(Photographers in Korea) July Publication.