Monday, September 24, 2012

Aloha to Seoul!



Hubby sent these pictures from his first tourist venture - Seoul!   Above is a view of the Namsan hill and the tower from across the Han river.


Look closely - these are locks!  From unearthingasia.com,

Thousands of locks adorn the fences [at the Namsan Tower], hung by couples both young and old, with the keys thrown away to ensure that the sweethearts’ vows to never separate are kept forever.  Now, the idea of a lock as a symbol of love is a double-edged sword.  Its a promise and commitment to being together, a vow to never separate.  At the same time, it is also the end of freedom, a symbol of being caged in prison for the rest of your life.  Fortunately for us, Seoulites has embraced the former much more than the latter.  This idea originated from local tourists a few years ago who saw the same thing at Tokyo Tower.  Recently, it’s enjoying a renewal after two stars dated there in a popular reality show.  Since then, locals flock the site, and international tourists have similarly embraced this novel idea.  Most of the locks are decorated with writings, drawings and stickers while some cannot even be called locks.  Some used chain locks for bikes shaped as hearts, as well as pink and red heart-shaped ribbons on their locks.  




From hubby, "Most of the Namsan tower; I couldn't get back far enough to get it all in!"


Seoul at night. 



Do you have a favorite spot to view the night sky?   One commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 29, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 30.

Mahalo,

Kim in Hawaii


I saw this while walking in the restaurant area of Itaewon district. 
My first thought was, "What would old Charles think of this?"

16 comments:

  1. I love to view cities at night from way up.

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  2. Would love to do it in an observatory with all the necessary equipment, but since I don't know any, I just look up at the sky from where I'm standing and admire it's extraordinary beauty.

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  3. When my son lived at the beach, I used to love standing on his deck at night star watching. It was always so peaceful, and so beautiful.

    I love all the pictures that you post Kim. They never cease to amaze me.

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  4. I love to see all the lights of a big city from a high vantage point. And I like to see all the stars in the sky from the mountains away from all the city lights.

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  5. I like watching the cities at NY city. Anywhere up in the sky is good....

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  6. High, up on a Ferris Wheel. Up above the stars and down below all the many varied lights.

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  7. No particular favourite spot really, just anywhere higher up would be a good place to view the night sky :)

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  8. I don't have a favorite place. I enjoy the view wherever I am.

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  9. Hubby did a great job on the pics - thanks so much for sharing them with us. Quite honestly, I am rarely out at night, but if I had my druthers, I love seeing the view from a small airplane.

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  10. One good spot is by the pier.

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  11. A great spot here is out at Red Rock. Out there you are away from the lights of the city and can see all the stars.

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  12. I just love to sit in my yard and star gaze.

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