Photoessay: Stunning Sunsets in Rural Korea

My area, particularly Waymok Beach is actually quite famous within Korea for its incredible sunsets. I live a few kilometers from the famed beach view, but my view of the sunset is usually pretty stunning, regardless. Framed by seemingly endless rice paddies, some beautiful cloud formations and a distant ocean, I’ve managed to capture a few killer shots. I also took a little trip to the nearby seawall to capture the photographs with the pagoda in them.

So enjoy this assortment of the most gorgeous sunsets I’ve seen in my area, and my attempts to catch them on camera. Whoever said that the countryside was boring obviously didn’t look around long enough to catch these beautiful moments.

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Photoessay: Nature Walk in the Countryside

I’ve often walked down the one lane roads that wind between rice paddies for miles and gawked at the excess of natural beauty, but it was only this week that I let my camera in on my little secret. Get ready for plants, lots of green, rice sprouts, a guest appearance by a snake and so, so, SO many spiders. (Maybe don’t look at these pictures before bed if you’re prone to spightmares.) Otherwise, enjoy the mid-morning walk in my sneakers, except for the leftover spiderwebs sticking to your face.

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Photoessay: My Backyard in Rural Korea

As many of you know, I live in a pretty rural area of South Korea. When I first started delving into DSLR photography, my backyard seemed like the perfect place to practice. Looking back, practicing around the neighborhood has also yielded some of my favorite shots.

Take a little walk in my shoes through these photographs. South Korea isn’t just Seoul, and if you get the chance to venture out and see this authentic and rough side of the hermit kingdom, then take it.

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Industry/construction is big in this area. So are pink and purple apartment buildings, apparently.

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I’ve been living right next to a barn full of cows and I didn’t even know it.
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The rice paddies never end.

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Photoessay: Cherry Blossoms in Korea

In Korea, this past month, it was an important time of year: cherry blossom tree blooming time! Japan may be most famous for cherry blossom trees, but Korea definitely doesn’t disappoint. Because the trees only stay flowered for a few weeks, if you’re lucky and it doesn’t rain, it’s important to pay attention and not miss it.

So, one weekend in April, I researched the cherry blossom tree festival in Seoul and made solid plans to go. I didn’t want to miss out!

I woke up early, packed my bags and camera and headed out to Seoul. Two hours and some wandering around later, I found the park and festival. Imagine my disappointment (with myself) when I forgot to pack the battery for the fancy camera. Even more disappointing, though? The trees were barely blooming! What?! And it was still crowded… go figure, Seoul. Continue reading Photoessay: Cherry Blossoms in Korea

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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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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Gyeongju

Gyeungju. so pretty. so historically rich. so ancient.

more photographs from a city who’s greatest days are indisputably behind it. if there’s any place that makes me wish I could go back in time, this is it.

except that they probably wouldn’t have those cookies