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In terms of weather, the most favorable times to visit South Korea are March ~May and September~November. However, February can be a fabulous time for travelers to visit South Korea. Here are 5 great reasons why: 1. Save Your Travel Expenses Want to save travel expenses? We strongly recommend you visit South Korea in…
3 Things You Need to Know About Gwangbokjeol (Aug 15) in Korea, the Korean Independence Day
Happy Liberation Day South Korea!
August 15 is one of the most meaningful days to Koreans. It is a national holiday in Korea and the National Liberation Day of Korea, Gwangbokjeol. It is celebrated every year on 15th of August, and it will be marking 71st year of Independence in 2016.
On this day, you will get to see many buildings and streets with Korean national flags called “Taegeukgi”.
1. Why is Gwangbokjeol so special?
It is the day when Japan declared unconditional surrender and the World War 2 was over, which made Korea restore its own power. ‘Gwangbok‘ means to regain the light, which perfectly describes the restoration of national independence that was lost for 36 years under the…
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The owner of Seoul’s Linus’ Bama Style Barbecue brings Southern cooking across the Pacific.
Korea Tourism Organization Official website provides various information on all things about Korea. Take your time to get correct guide each.
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The Ruins of St. Paul’s (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone staircase are the only remains of the great church.
First constructed in 1580, St. Paul’s Church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history. According to historical materials, St Paul’s Church, built with white stones, had a grand vaulted roof and three magnificently decorated halls.
Built with granite, Sam Ba Sing Tzik has a baroque facade rich in ornamentation but with classic oriental characteristics. From the bottom up, the structure has five tiers. The first tier is comprised of ten Ionic columns with three entrances. The entrance in the middle has ‘MATER DEI’ carved into it. The two entrances on each side are decorated with bas-reliefs in the pattern of ‘HIS’. The second tier features ten Corinthian columns with three windows. A Catholic saint is enshrined in each of four tabernacles between columns. The two tiers as a whole is said to represent the Society of Jesus and the activities of missionaries.
The remaining three tiers are the most decorated. The statue of Madonna stands in the middle of the third tier, while the statue of Jesus stands on the fourth. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs in various patterns like devils, angels, symbols of crucifixion, a Portuguese sailing ship, etc. The triangular combination of the upper three tiers reflects the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) as well as the Blessed Virgin Mary. A cross stands at the coping of the wall.
It is worth mentioning that the stone lions at the sides of the third and fourth tiers are distinctively Chinese. There are also bas-reliefs in designs of chrysanthemum and cherry, as well as Chinese inscriptions. The surviving façade has long been acknowledged as a perfect fusion of western and eastern cultures.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s has been restored during 1990 and 1995. The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was also built at that time. It has exhibitions of religions artworks including paintings, sculptures and statues.
Macau’s most famous landmark, the Ruins of St. Paul’s was officially listed in 2005 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Historic Centre of Macau. Restored into a museum, the façade is buttressed from behind, allowing tourists to climb up to the windows to get a closer look at the stone carvings and to enjoy a panoramic view of the city below.
The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was built at the bottom of the ruins and houses many religious artifacts including Sino-Portuguese crucifixes, as well as a 17thcentury painting of St. Michael Archangel – the only surviving work from the original college.
Reblog post from The Filipino Wanderer
Imagine a holiday with pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and tax-free shopping. Now that Cebu Pacific, the leading airline in the Philippines, has begun offering low-fare flights between Manila and Guam, it might be high time to put this US territory on the bucket list.
The largest and southernmost of the Mariana Island Arc, the island of Guam is located east of the Philippines. This exotic and stunning destination is rich in natural resources, and boasts of diverse colonial history and local culture, which probably account for its one million visitors a year.
Guam is lush and tropical, with breathtaking ocean views, making it seem like an untouched paradise despite its popularity among tourists. Impressively, the island manages to protect its resources well. Its beaches for one, like Tumon and Tanguisson, boast of an abundant marine life.
Guam is also surrounded by a thriving coral reef that…
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Boracay is a beautiful island paradise. Honestly, until recently I had never heard of Boracay. Now it’s an island I can’t stop talking about. Boracay is a small island in the Philippines, South East Asia, located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila. White Beach, voted by TripAdvisor in 2015 as the #1 destination in Boracay and the #1 beach in Asia, is a popular little paradise with some of the softest white sandy beaches, the most amazing crystal clear warm waters, and enough activities to make everyone happy.
Upon arrival at the Boracay airport my luggage was promptly loaded into a pre-arranged air-conditioned shuttle service. The driver whisked through the local roads where I was taken to a nearby boating area. Surprisingly, two gentleman literally made their arms into a chariot and carried me over the water to the ladder. Now that’s service!
Within minutes of arrival on shore I checked into the Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel. From the moment of arrival until the day of departure the service by the staff was excellent. Every morning was greeted with a smile, the breakfast was plentiful and the Manager made sure everything was in order for a wonderful stay.
Stations 1, 2, and 3 make up just over 4 kilometers along the Main Road with Station 2 being the center of vibrant island activities. Vendors can be found up and down the main road, as well as ladies ready to treat you with a traditional Filipino massage. By twilight, happy hour, live music and firedancers are the crowd favorites. There’s an abundance of dining options at local restaurants as well as a few chain names for when you’re hungry. Remember Shakey’s? Yes, there’s a Shakey’s…and the pizza was very good! Starbucks? Yes, they have one at Station 1 for you mug collectors and they had some of the best and friendliest servers of any Starbucks anywhere in the world!
Some of the popular activities include the Banana Boat, Fly Fishing, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Stand Up Paddleboard, Island-hopping, Cliff Diving, Ziplining, or a breathtaking sunset sail. My personal favorite was the island-hopping tour where we stopped to do a little snorkeling and then cliff diving (from 3, 5, 8 or 15 meters) at Ariel’s Point, a top Boracay attraction. You can do a little or a lot here on Boracay. You choose.
On your last day in Boracay, it’s best to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. Your trip home may be bittersweet but paradise will be waiting for your return.
*This was a non-sponsored trip and all opinions are based on my true and honest experience.
Yongma Land in Seoul. A closed, but not forgotten amusement park full of funny and slightly creepy abandoned rides.
Every day it’s visited by dozens of curious passersby, photographers, professional production companies and K-pop idols.
Getting to Yongma Land is simple. A 10 minute walk from the Mangu Station, Exit #1, you will walk until you see Yongmasan Ro #115 and turn left. Walk a short distance until you see Mangu Ro #72 and make a right. Follow this road through the neighborhood markets and keep walking. You’ll pass a place with temple lanterns on your right and continue walking a short distance until you see a short, steep hill with parking lot and entrance sign. Call the phone number listed at the gate and the proprietor will come to meet you. Pay the 5,000 Won entrance fee and you’re in!
If you’re in a crunch for time, hail a taxi, it’s a famous place and the taxi drivers will know where to go.
If you love to visit off the beaten path places or just love a great photo opportunity, then this place is a must see. If you go in the evening, for an extra fee, the proprietor will even turn on the merry-go-round lights.