Monday, September 01, 2014

Outdoor Sculptures at War Memorial of Korea

In addition to the large exhibition hall and many outdoor war equipment exhibits, the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul has several poignant memorial sculptures. The two pictured above show the human side of war. The "Statue of Brothers" is probably its most famous one, depicting two brothers embracing on the battlefield - an older brother from the ROK and his younger brother who is fighting with the North Korean army. A powerful symbol of love, forgiveness and reconciliation, it expresses the hope of Koreans. The granite used in the domed shape portion was collected from various parts of Korea, symbolizing the nationwide sacrifices. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

War Memorial of Korea

 Although I've taken the bus past the War Memorial of Korea quite often, I finally stopped to visit it. Located on the former site of the Army Headquarters in the section of Seoul known as Yongsan, the site covers over 20,000 square meters. Comprised of over 13,000 items (more added via donation each year), free entry to both the outdoor and eight exhibition halls has plenty to offer for the whole family. Exhibitions were signposted in several languages and QR codes enabled visitors to get more information via smartphones. From ancient arrowheads to the Kobukson turtle ships of the Joseon Dynasty to wars of the present day, the Memorial commemorated the sacrifices of the warriors and victims that helped contribute to the Korea of today. Some sections were more abstract and symbolic, some were more high-tech, while others encouraged visitor hands-on participation. As expected, the Korean War of the 1950's was particularly well and well-chronicled, taking up the second floor.
Free tours are offered.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tickling of the Morning Light

Despite the slightly hazy atmosphere, the morning light still managed to make its way through the trees, tickling the purple ground cover below. A tranquil way to begin the day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wiggling and Rotating

The inner part of this lotus just beginning to open seemed to be wiggling, as if the still-furled petals were worm-like creatures. Cropped, this image was a lot more interesting than the full flower.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tickle My Beard!

Amidst the sea of lotuses at Bongwonsa Temple stood this stone haetae - a mythical beast of Korea and China resembling a lion-dog with horns. I love how the pink blossoms seemed to be tickling the beast's beard.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Chennai!

Today marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of modern Chennai. On this date, the East India Company was granted a 3-mile strip of land in a fishing village called Madrasapatnam, establishing India's first modern city. It was here that a fort and castle was to be built.
Pictured below is the Secretariat of Fort St. George, which houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Petals from Above and the Side

It's fun to photograph flowers from various views, generating such different images of the same subject. The lower photo was a bit more challenging, as I had to hold my camera way above my head in order to capture the full radial shot of such tall lotuses.