Seoul Palaces – Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung

Gyeongbokgung The main Seoul palace, home to the Joseon Dynasty, lies at the end of the main boulevard in town. It is extensive and magnificent in many ways. Built in 1395, it was destroyed in a few hundred years ago … Continued

Seoul Palaces – Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung

Seoul was home to Korea’s emperors making it home also to impressive imperial architecture. Unfortunately, some of it is not so old because just like Beijing’s Summer Palace foreign powers invaded and destroyed some of it. After visiting Seoul palaces, … Continued

Lotte World Tower and Aquarium

I love tall buildings and had to see the Lotte World Tower, the world’s fifth tallest building, even if we couldn’t go up. The tower itself was not open yet in July, but the first several floors with the Lotte … Continued

Seoul Olympic Park

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In 1988, the world converged on Seoul for the Summer Olympic Games. A large park was created for the games with several venues surrounding hills and lakes. It is a park that still beckons for leisurely strolls and an experience … Continued

Seoul, Korea

I found myself with a few days off in a row and wanting to go somewhere. With cheap and short airfare from Beijing, Seoul, Korea became the destination. A place I had only stopped over in the airport before, Korea … Continued

Tianjin Churches

The highlights of architecture for me were the churches scattered through the city. As interesting as it can be to visit Chinese temples of either the Buddhist or Daoist faiths, the architecture is so similar that some would say if … Continued

Beijing World Heritage

Beijing World Heritage Of the 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China, seven are in Beijing. They include the obvious like the Forbidden City and Great Wall, but they also include the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, Peking Man … Continued

Beijing Symphony at the National Theater

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One of my all-time favorite buildings is the Chinese National Center for the Performing Arts. Floating on a reflection pool and looking like an egg or a globe or an ear of corn or a yin and yang swirl, this … Continued

Inside the Bird’s Nest

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The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony mesmerized me. The first time I saw the Bird’s Nest, the building where it took place, my heart skipped a beat. When I saw one of the drums from the spectacle at … Continued

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