Featured Photograph: White on Water

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Hamburg was a pretty city, partially thanks to all of the waterways and ports throughout the city. In the Innenalster, or inner port, buildings are built directly next to the waterway, so close that people on top of boats could have climbed right onto a sidewalk if they had wanted to. This building’s bright white facade impressed me, especially placed next to the dark port water. You know how I love a good contrast, right?

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Mini Photoessay: Chunguisa Buddhist Shrine

Edit: I finally figured out the name and got some information about this building. It’s a Buddhist shrine and is named Chunguisa.

Occasionally, the foreigners from my town will go on a short day trip sponsored by the office of education. This lovely Buddhist Shrine, named Chunguisa (충의사), was one of those stop offs on the day trip. My group stopped here on the way to Sudeoksa, a Buddhist temple in the area.

[Mini Photoessay: Sudeoksa Temple Village // Photoessay: Sudeoksa Temple Stay // My Legs Are Sore, But That Was Awesome: Sudeoksa Temple Stay]

I love the pale yellow colors they used on this building. It’s built in the same style as Buddhist temples, but while photographing it, I forgot to listen to what anyone was saying and completely missed all of the information about it, including its name. Thank goodness for my impeccable googling and research skills, or we’d never know it was called Chunguisa and I’d have been forced to call it “that yellow Buddhist… place”. (By the way, you can find all the information about Chunguisa here, on the Visit Korea website.)

Next time I’ll have to try to listen and take pictures. Challenge accepted.

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Buddhist temples and buildings in Korea always have their names written in Chinese characters. Not so helpful for anyone that can’t read Chinese!

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I love those soft curves. Gorgeous architecture.

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Somehow, the building and the trees around it just fit together. It’s as if the building could have just grown out of the ground, too, and then been painted. Well done, Korea.

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