Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
What better way than spending my first week back in Wisconsin, enjoying my family in such a beautiful setting. As you can see, my parents love being outside. They spend many hours making their woodsy backyard, gardens, and flower patches making everything so lush. There's never too many flowers for my mom!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
|Lattice windows on Bongwonsa Temple in Seoul|
Even more symbols can be found on the walls of the Buddhist temples. I'd love to have someone explain about their many stories and meanings.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Although both of these beach photos contain similar colors, the contrasts couldn't be larger. Pricey, touristic well-developed beaches in South Korea, vs. the polluted fishing beaches of South India where its residents don't even have access to toilets.
|Busan, South Korea|
|Chennai, south India|
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, South Korea. Their locations are quite playful as well. I'd love to hear the story about these child-like pieces I've seen at most temples in Korea.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Samgwangsa Temple in Busan for Buddha's birthday included items such as exotic and domestic flowers, exotic fruits, bags of rice, rice treats, and candles. I loved how glass bottles of Fanta and other soft drinks (with straws in them) adorned the small Buddhist altars in Thailand. What would you leave as sign of your devotion?
Sunday, June 08, 2014
When visiting the Gamcheon village in Busan (South Korea), these colorful folksy fish-themed signs cheerfully point the way for the many visitors eager to efficiently navigate through the narrow alleys of this hilly neighborhood. Personally, I love to wander, knowing that some of the most delightful scenes are off the beaten path.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Busan, I spotted this wedding hall. While wedding halls are common place to hold one's wedding in Korea, the name of this one bore a second look- Maybe? I wonder what the couple in the hanbok (traditional clothing) were thinking.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Strolling through the older neighborhood of Seoul known as Bukchon is pleasant at any time. The rose bushes outside these homes added an extra touch of color and ornamentation to these already decorative buildings.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
On April 16, 2014, a tragedy off the southern coast of South Korea sent the entire nation in mourning. In the Sewol ferry accident, 288 of the 476 passengers lost their lives. Particularly devastating was the fact that most of those who perished were from a high school. Nearly two months later, emotions still run deep. The images here are from a memorial still up outside City Hall in Seoul. Yellow dominated the scene in the form of ribbons, paper boats, post-it notes, and more. Original artwork, carefully framed, filled a large section. Under a tent, official-looking people stood near a beautiful display of flowers. The entire area had a very somber mood. Perhaps the tone was further darkened by the grim news that yet another diver in search of the 16 victims still unaccounted for had died.
Since the tragedy, many events throughout the country (including our school) have been canceled. Others have been quite subdued and more somber.