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71 Trần Hưng Đạo, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang 8477, Vietnam
Sometimes the purest foods can be the most fulfilling. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Chợ Bến Thành, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This is Hong Ju Pyo a black belt who helped to open the first Gracia Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy in Korea. I had the privilege of studying under Coach Hong for a year and can tell you without hesitation that this is guy thrives off of adrenaline. In...
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South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Sindang-dong, 마장로 22
We lose ourselves in travel, work or play. Becoming fully engulfed in the moment is all to frequent. This photo was taken in the Sindang Market in Central Seoul. It is tough to put a finger on Sindang Market, it is a place where you can find an...
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Dương Đông, An Minh, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Prior to going to Phu Quoc, Vietnam my research showed that the "sleepy" fishing village, Duong Dong, was nothing more than a blip you would see between the airport and the island's resort areas. I found this information to be false. Duong Dong...
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South Korea, Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Daepo-dong, Seoraksan-ro, 833
While hiking to the summit of Ulsanbawi, in Seoraksan National Park, I spotted a group of adventurous climbers attempting the tame the landscape. Wanting a break we sat for a while as the climbers dangled above hikers below. There are a number of...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While living in Seoul, exploring was something I would often do. I would ride the subways and pick a random stop, get off then walk as far as I could. In my opinion there is no better way to gather a sense of place in a foreign land. One area I...
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Dobong 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
As an outdoor enthusiast I enjoy a tough climb. Dobongsan in northern Seoul is one of the best climbs around the city of Seoul. Offering varying paths the climb can take anywhere from 3-7 hours and the fir lined forest quickly turns into rocky...
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Lebuh Muntri, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The island of Penang is an interesting place. It has been a boiling pot of culture and religion for centuries due to its geographical location. This island has been a major port for a long time and it has seen an its cultural identity shift after...
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8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249, USA
While traveling through A Gates at the Denver Airport, you may have been curious about the colorful patterns of the tiles below your feet. Stand directly on them and you cannot see it's true form but take a quick minute to traverse upstairs and...
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Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Korean's love seafood. Major transport both on water and land allow freshly caught seafood to be delivered easily throughout the country. The crabs above were for sale in the Mukho Harbor Market. Donghae, South Korea
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Trần Hưng Đạo, Dương Tơ, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang 92000, Vietnam
Out walking one morning I spotted a fisherman out on the break, when I stopped to look at what was in his basket he began walking toward me. When he was close enough I gestured toward his basket inquisitively. He put his hand toward his mouth with...
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141-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Yeongdeungpodong 1(il)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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999 หมู่ 1 Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
One of my favorite airports in the world is Suvarnabhumi - It may take an hour to say its name but it is truly an incredible place. It is clean, efficient and comfortable and is a frequent midpoint to many a travelers' routes. Suvarnabhumi...
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Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Culture and cuisine go hand-in-hand. For most travelers, the opportunity to try new and exciting dishes is a main reason for going on a trip. Pork jowl is eaten in the United States, but I had never witnessed such an upfront way of marketing the...
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Claremore, OK, USA
While more and more mind blowing concoctions show up in Carnies stalls (deep fried Snickers) the funnel cake remains the tried and true. This was taken at the annual Gatesway Hot Air Balloon Festival in Claremore, OK.
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Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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100 Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
This is a spectacular view from the Naksan Temple which sits atop Naksan/Obongsan Mountain. The temple is located near Sokcho (city name) in the Gangwon Province. This area is particularly beautiful because directly behind me (in the photo above),...
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6700 Mohawk Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA
Oklahoma has always been about open spaces (half our state song is about nature!) so to see Tulsa and Oklahoma in general becoming more urban can take a toll on Okie spirits. Oxley Nature Center, located minutes away from downtown Tulsa, offers...
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Junggye 4(sa)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Is your mouth watering yet? Sanggye Dong, Seoul, South Korea
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Namdaemun Market, the most bustling place in Seoul. Food vendors fly through unnavigable aisles with food stacked on their heads, touts selling their wares and a constant stream of shoppers looking to spot the best bargain. Three things you should...
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21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul's Folk Flea Market is a place where you can buy anything, I mean anything! This scary contraption looks like an invention of a comic book super-villain, but for the small price of 5 dollars you could be tightening those crow's feet and...
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823002, Railway Station Road, Gol Bagicha, Gaya, Bihar 823001, India
Indian ingenuity is what I like to call this. What better way to decorate your bike then using your old compact discs? I spotted this bike in the colorful town of Bodhgaya in India's Bihar province. The town is sprinkled with Buddhist monasteries...
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New Street A, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap's Central Market is a fun one, with food, clothing, and goods a wander is worth your time. The touts are thin and the restaurants surrounding the market all sale good, affordable Khmer food. One of the main streets, Sivatha Road is a...
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Catoosa, OK, USA
Beached on Route 66 As a kid I remember taking day trips with my parents to smaller towns outside of Tulsa. These trips were always fun and jovial times; going to see buffalo on a prairie, taking haunted hayrides, seeing classic western art in...
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Highlighting Korea's independence from Japanese rule, the Independence Hall of Korea, in Cheonan, South Korea is a fun day trip from Seoul. Along with a historical displays in the museum several artistic installations on the grounds provide an...
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136 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Expecting a stuffy museum, I found the King Sejong Story was a pleasant surprise. This monument in the center of Seoul, housed underneath one of the hippest areas, is worth a look. No amount of rambling can present how great King Sejong was for...
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South Korea, 경기도 안양시 만안구 예술공원로
My homage to Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. Proportions in art and nature are evident and this lookout tunnel displays that. At Anyang Art Park this look out tunnel is one of many interesting installations that make the viewer think and interact with...
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Garak 1(il)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
It may disturb some westerners to see dogs in a market for sale but when it comes down to it culture heavily weighted. Despite being a fading trend the consumption of dog meat (gae gogi) has been normal in Korea for some time. While I don't...
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1324 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136, USA
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Riverside Parks and Trails in Tulsa, OK. is frequented by many Tulsans, and with 26 miles of paved (and 45 miles of unpaved) trails winding throughout the Tulsa area, the visitors are sure to be diverse. Some come for a walk, some to dine but...
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105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Look to the top of Seoul’s 860-foot-tall Namsan Mountain and you’ll see the N Seoul Tower, which rises an additional 777 feet. This aerial perch is the highest point in the city and offers incredible views. Far below, Seoul sprawls out...
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Bãi Sao An Thới, Thị Trấn An Thới, Phú Quốc, An Thới, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
The beach that will leave you speechless. Bai Sao (South Beach - in English) is located on the Vietnamese island, Phu Quoc. This place oozes relaxation. The mood on the island is very different from mainland Vietnam and if you have any inclination...
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Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK
London is an incredibly crowded city and when it comes to tourist attractions, it may seem difficult to snag a good view of Big Ben and Parliament. Rise above the crowds and grab a slow and quiet ride on the London Eye, London's famous Ferris...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
For some the Mekong is for travel, for others the Mekong will provide commerce. At night when crowds disperse and mosquitoes fall asleep a walk down to the Mekong River near central Luang Prabang is well worth the view. The serpentine river carves...
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Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia
Penang Island is incredible. When your not stuffing your face full of Penang cuisine make time for a visit to the island's national park. Several miles worth of trails that zig-zag through the jungle and beach make this place perfect for a day...
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Ban Phong Pheng Village, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
South East Asia is hot and humid. So finding this little Swimming pool and bar was a lifesaver when my wife and I were traveling through Luang Prabang, Laos. We walked from central Luang P. but if it is too hot or you're not up for the exercise...
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175 Sejong-daero, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The open plaza area in front of the Sejong Cultural Center was a frequent visiting spot for me when I lived in Seoul. In the summer months the cool water was a relaxing spot to wet your feet and watch children running through the musically...
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Miya Bigha, Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Mohammad's House - Bodhgaya, India Just getting to this place is an ordeal, after being told by our moto driver that the road ahead was too narrow for him to continue we had little choice and were forced to continue on foot. Feeling stranded and...
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The beautiful and colorful skyline of Ho Chi Minh city from our room at the Nguyen Khang Hotel. My wife and I had the pleasure of having two guides during our visit to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh). Our two old friends were able to show us the Vietnamese...
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Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
It is easy to get lost, even with a local! We started the day with high hopes, myself and three others took a bus from Seoul to Seosan and when we arrived at the Seosan Bus Terminal our Korean friend found the correct bus going to Gaeshimsa (the...
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424 Olympic-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The worlds most recognized brand. Coke.
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Rabindranath Tagore Rd, Pathani Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
On the Ganges to witness the Aarti (prayer) ceremony. Before we boarded a row boat to watch masses come to the Ghats to offer prayers and float tiny oil lamps on the river. The moment that struck me aaas that a woman was sweeping the steps to the...
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Gunja-dong, Seoul, South Korea
The best time to take a walk around Seoul is towards the end of March when these little blooms make quite a punch.
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Dương Đông, An Minh, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Call it yard bird, call it squab but don't call it disgusting. These little guys are bursting with flavor. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
My boatman takes a load off while waiting for me to eat. Penang, Malaysia
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Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
Dating back to 1080, The Agra Fort still holds much of its original splendor.
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Koh Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
Unfortunately, my boat trip didn't schedule a longer stop at beautiful Ko Wai in the Gulf of Thailand. There was enough time to grab some ice cream and visit the sea turtle hatchery on the island.
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Phú Quốc, Bãi Thơm, Vietnam
Two men enjoy the sunset on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
Brightly colored flowers line the Cankamana, or the Jeweled Walk. These raised circles indicate where the lord's feet rested. Bodhgaya, India
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88/2 Trần Hưng Đạo, Khu phố 7, Thành phố Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
As my wife and I sat down to have breakfast we couldn't help but notice a small man walk buy wielding a machete. He stopped in front of a tall coconut palm, tied a length of rope onto his waist them proceeded to climb the tree with relative ease,...
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62 Trần Hưng Đạo, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Here it is, the ubiquitous South East Asian beach dog. If that face doesn't melt your heart what will.
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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
In Georgetown, Malaysia you can go on a walk through time. This whole island should be placed into a time capsule.
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Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul, has one of the best parks in the world. This installation inside of the park was perfect place to pay homage to Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While in Seoul, stop by Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace, where you can see semi-daily changing of the guard ceremonies.
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B1/163, Nagwa Road, Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
Varanasi is a city of beautiful chaos. Located on the banks of the Ganges River, it's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and also one of the holiest. The river is the pulse of the city and it's worth setting your alarm...
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100 Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
As the day winds down to an end Buddhists in this sleepy Korean village come to give thanks.
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Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
The Bodhi Tree, which Siddhartha Gautama sat under to attain enlightenment, located in Bodhgaya, India is an auspicious place for Buddhists to visit. When the wind blows and the Bodhi Tree sheds its leaves the scrummage of monks competing to pick...
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
For those who have been to India, Varanasi was surely on your destinations list. For travelers planning to go in the future the case should be the same. The stories you will read and hear about Varanasi are all true: monkeys, cows, rivers, ghats,...
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Seoksu-dong, Manan-gu, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Anyang, located just outside Seoul, is an incredible place for a day trip. The Anyang Art Park has numerous sites to see—including this maze-like staircase. The park, situated in a valley, is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in any season.
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Arts District, Las Vegas, NV, USA
If you find that the Vegas Strip isn't really your cup of tea, head to the 18b Arts District which boasts galleries, restaurants and coffee shops at affordable prices.
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South Korea
In the peaceful Korean countryside side the Hwaeom Temple prepares for Buddhas birthday by hanging bright and colorful lanterns. Buddhists from across the region to write personal messages and attach them to the bottoms of the ornate lanterns.
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704-3 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Koreans taking in some surf on the beautiful Han River. In the background you can see the Olympic Stadium which was built for the 1988 Summer Games.
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A salesman in Luang Prabang trying to sell hammocks. In the background you can see the shimmering Royal Palace museum in all of its splendor.
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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
In the days leading up to this raucous Indian holiday, it is not uncommon to see individuals who cannot wait until the official Holi-day. This gentleman has seen his fair share of colored powder.
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A young boy playing a game of cricket with his friends near Kolkata's Hogg Market.
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Phu Si, Luang Prabang, Laos
Even Buddha deserves a little R&R. Luang Prabang, Laos
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
For those who have been to India, Varanasi was surely on your destinations list. For travelers planning to go in the future the case should be the same. The stories you will read and hear about Varanasi are all true: monkeys, cows, rivers, ghats,...
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Bangi-dong, Seoul, South Korea
A young man practices his skating in front of Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.
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Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On a photo walk in Kuala Lumpur I came across this kind gentleman who had a cigarette in each ear. I asked him If I could take his portrait, he took ONE out and then struck a pose. People are fascinating.
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
These two young gentlemen were kind enough to let me take their portrait. After our photo session the one on the right gave me quick tour of this fabulous Hindu Temple.