“Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun Gate)”

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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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Jinju Lantern Festival 2014(진주 남강유등축제) With KTO Global Group

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).

Transportation
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

Enjoy 🙂

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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

Travel Story Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket – Kamala Beach)

In 3 day’s visited 15 Major destination in Bangkok. . From #Grandpalace to crowded #Chinatown, have seen all from one edge to another with the help of amazing and exotic transportation from #BTS to #waterferry , #Longtailboat#Tuktuk and ofcourse with exotic taste of #thaifood left #Bangkok to find peace and relax in Phuket. As summer is peak season of beach party and huge load of tourists looked for a quiet nice beach and ended up with Kamala Beach, as planned enjoyed Beach, sea, thai massage, sea food and what not! Bangkok Golden_Budda_Thailand (1 of 1) Golden_Budda_Thailand_Prayer (1 of 1) Golden_Budda_Thailand_reclining_buddha (1 of 1) Grand_palace_bangkok Temple_Arun Temple_Bangkok Temple_Thailand Thailand_temple Wat_Arun1 Floating_Market_Bangkok Grand_Palace_Thailand Grand_Palace_Thailnd Long_Tail_Boat_Ride_Bangkok Refiling_Long_Tail_Boat Tamples_of_Bangkok Wat_Arun Phukhet_Beach_Kamala (1 of 1) Phukhet_Beach_Kamala_1 (1 of 1) Phukhet_Beach_Kamala_3 (1 of 1) Phukhet_Beach_Kamala_Sunset (1 of 1)

A Close View of A famous Structure

I took a break not only from my blog, but from my life in Korea as well and went off to see new culture, people, country. Though went for break it was never one, because in 11 days Visited 2 new countries and seen a lot new places and tried amazing new foods! I do love to travel without a great planning, contract and all these, I just blend in to local transportation system and love to walk around for hours. Here I am sharing some pictures I took of my Favorite place in #KualaLumpur #Malaysia.

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View of KualaLumpur from the Highest KLTower top observatory
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View of KualaLumpur from the Highest KLTower top observatory
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View of KualaLumpur from the Highest KLTower top observatory

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