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Travel flash-back to South Korea – Scenes from Nami Island   Leave a comment

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Travel flash-back to 2013 South Korea Trip – Scenes from Nami Island
Thanks to my sister who paid for our trip to Republic of Korea or more commonly known as South Korea. Most of the uploaded photographs today, were just edited by the blogger. Enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Nami Island.

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; Hanja: 大韓民國; Daehan Minguk “The Republic of Great Han”; ROK), and commonly referred to as Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from the Kingdom of Goryeo, also spelled as Koryŏ. It shares land borders with North Korea to the north, and oversea borders with Japan to the east and China to the west. Roughly half of the country’s 50 million people reside in the metropolitan area surrounding its capital, the Seoul Capital Area, which is the second largest in the world[8] with over 25 million residents.

Korea was inhabited as early as the Lower Paleolithic period and its civilization began with the founding of Gojoseon. After the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea in 668, Korea enjoyed over a millennium of relative tranquility under dynasties lasting for centuries in which its trade, culture, literature, science and technology flourished. In 1910 it was annexed by the Japanese Empire, after whose surrender in 1945, Korea was divided into Soviet and U.S. zones of occupation, with the latter becoming the Republic of Korea in August 1948. Although the United Nations passed a resolution declaring the Republic to be the only lawful government of Korea, a communist regime was soon set up in the North that invaded the South in 1950, leading to the Korean War that ended in 1953 with an armistice. Despite occasional saber noise from the North, peace has since continued as the South dominates inter-Korean politics as a regional power with the world’s 10th largest defence budget.

Between 1962 and 1994, South Korea’s tiger economy soared at an average of 10% annually, fueled by annual export growth of 20%, in a period called the Miracle on the Han River that rapidly and successfully transformed it into a high-income advanced economy and the world’s 11th largest economy by 1995. Today, South Korea is the world’s fifth largest exporter and seventh largest importer and member of the G-20 and OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. Since the first free election in 1987, South Koreans have enjoyed high civil liberties and one of the world’s most developed democracies, ranked second in Asia on the Democracy Index. Its pop culture has considerable influence in Asia and expanding globally in a process called the Korean Wave.

South Korea is East Asia’s highest ranked developed country in the Human Development Index. Its citizens enjoy a very high standard of living, having Asia’s highest median per-capita income and average wage[18] with the world’s 8th highest household income. Globally, it ranks among the highest in education, quality of healthcare and ease of doing business. It benefits from a highly skilled workforce, leading OECD countries in student skills with the highest percentage of youths holding a tertiary education degree. Ranked as the world’s most innovative country in the Bloomberg Innovation Index, it is the world’s most research and development intensive country, driven by high-tech chaebols such as Samsung, Hyundai-Kia and LG. A world leading information society, South Korea has the world’s fastest Internet connection speed, ranking first in e-Government, 4G LTE penetration and second in the ICT Development Index and smartphone usage.

Namisum is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea, formed as it was inundated by the rising water of the North Han River as the result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam (청평댐) in 1944. Its name originated from General Nami (남이장군),[1] who died at the age of 28 after being falsely accused of treason during the reign of King Sejo, the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. Although his grave wasn’t discovered, there were a pile of stones where his body was supposed to be buried. It was believed that if someone took even one stone from there, it would bring misfortune to their house. A tour company arranged the grave with soil and then developed Namisum into an amusement park.


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Another view of the Metasequoia footpath
Nami Island is an oasis for culture and leisure in peaceful harmony with humanity and nature. After a five-minute ferry ride, guests meet a forest of verdant trees holding up the sky and open grassy areas where ostriches, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, ducks and peacocks warmly welcome visitors in the midst of wild flowers. On Nami Island, artists from all over the world show-off their talents and share the sense of peace of mind the island creates. The island is the site of Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival (NAMBOOK) and other cultural events that take place every weekend, making Nami one of the main cultural and artistic tourist attractions in Korea. In 2006, Nami Island declared its cultural independence and was reborn as Naminara Republic. It has its own national flag, anthem, currency, passport and phone cards, stamps, orthography and even a certification of citizenship.

Nami is home to several galleries and is the site of the Song Museum, which also houses a collection of international ethnic musical instruments(liuseum). There are indoor and outdoor stages, facilities for seminars and workshops in addition to a 46-room Naminara national hotel and 10 cottages. Nami Island is dedicated to improving the mental and physical well being of children throughout the world. As such, it serves as the main sponsor of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and contributes regularly to UNICEF. Naminara is unique in other ways, also. At night, all the lights are turned off on the island so that visitors can harmonize with nature under the light of the moon and stars. Most of the paper waste and bottles used by visitors to the island are recycled and re-used. Naminara has a very open hiring and retirement policy so people can work until they are 80 years old if they wish.

The island, especially the Metasequoia path, was one of the main filming locations of the Korean Broadcasting System 2002 television drama series Winter Sonata, starring Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo. It attracted 270,000 Korean and foreign visitors in 2001. After it was featured in the drama, it attracted 650,000 visitors in 2002. Since then the number of visitors has continued to grow, reaching 2.3 million in 2012 and 3 million in 2014.

Naminara Republic


Flag of the micronation of the Naminara Republic.
Naminara is a micro nation but the “visa” issued by Naminara is required in order to enter Namisum. It declared itself a self-governing country in 2006 as acceding to General Nami’s natural greatness of soul and appointed Ryu Hongjun as the 1st head of culture and Suzanna Samstag Oh as a foreign head. In addition, it has invented its own passport, currency, stamp and telephone card, and has promoted the establishment of Naminara in other countries.

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

My Recollection of the 2013 Trip to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival   Leave a comment

My Recollection of the 2013 Trip to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
During this Nine Emperor Gods Festival, I shall publish unpublished photos of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 when we were there to witness and photo-shoot this event. We must thank Bertrand Linet for encouraging us to go and experience this unforgettable event in Thailand of faith, devotion, dedication and belief in this Taoist Religious Festival. Some of the Vegetarian offerings, Temples and that of the female & male mediums in trance, in Phuket. Please note some photos in this series are quite scary, macabre and hair-raising so take your meals before viewing.

SP Lim

Wayang portraits and other photographs of 2013 Hungry Ghost Festival   Leave a comment

Wayang portraits and other photographs of 2013 are shown after I edited these last week.

SP Lim

Loy Krathong in Penang is to be celebrated next week   Leave a comment

The Loy Krathong Festival 2013 at Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple shall be celebrated this week-end.

SP Lim

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 – Night 2 of my visit   Leave a comment

Not much activities tonight, as we walked to the street where vegetarian food stalls were plentiful.The Street is near to Jui Tui Shrine or Temple. Early to sleep as tomorrow shall be a busy day as we need to wake up early to catch the mediums undergoing their religious ceremony. Firstly, they needed to go into trance in front of the Diety’s altar table in the Temples. The second stage they shall go to designated places where the experienced persons shall pierce their cheeks with a stainless steel pointed cone. After making a hole or tear in the skin, the material like a big needle, stainless steel rod, samurai swords or blades and other items through these cheeks. In more bizarre cases, revolvers or metallic replicas of the gun models and even machine gun like M16, bull horns, golf irons, garden shears, fishing rod and even bicycle were inserted through the cheeks. You name them, you shall have them. The piercing process were not meant for the faint-hearted. Sometimes you shall see a lot of blood but there are some who did not shed a drop of blood. We see this early tomorrow morning as we shall walk 1.2 kilometre to the Bang Neow Shrine or Temple at 6.00 am. Procession usually starts out early in the morning. At night, we shall see the Bladed-Ladder Climbing with 36 rungs up and 36 rungs down at the same Ban Yeow Temple.

SP Lim

Back-blogging of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 starts from here   Leave a comment

I was away in Phuket, Thailand for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival from 8th to 14th of October, 2013. As I did not bring my laptop with me as my photographic equipment and clothes were already too heavy. As a first-timer to this exciting event, I shall try to write a Beginner’s Guide to this Phuket Vegetarian Festival, I was told by some friends here that the name does depict the actual events that are happening during this Festival for the example the Processions with the Temple mediums, the Bladed-Ladder Climbing Ceremony and the Fire-Walking Ceremony conducted by the 14 over Temple and Shrines here in Phuket. The vegetarian diet observed over the 9 days’ period is true enough as the actual Festival if from 5th October till 13th October, 2013. So I shall back-blogged from 8th October, 2013 till 14th October, 2013.

SP Lim

Poh Hock Seah’s Twa Peh Kong Birthday Dinner   2 comments

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The Poh Hock Seah’s Twa Peh Kong Birthday dinner was successfully concluded on Tuesday, 1 October, 2013 at Lee Kongsi, Burmah Road, Penang attended by members and friends, local Temple Officials, other outstation Temple Officials from HTT Padang and Bukittinggi, Indonesia and Klang, Selangor. YB Danny Law was present with several Assemblymen. Heng…ah, Ong…ah, Huat…ah to All with the Blessings of Twa Peh Kong.

SP Lim

New World Park Chess Tournament in Penang   Leave a comment

We are having lunch at the New World Park and happened to bump into this “rare” chess tournament organized by the Penang Chess Association. It is quite to witness there is a resurgence of interest in chess by the younger generation with primary school students making up the majority of the participants. It was even interesting to witness the very young playing against an adult ( see photo ). Chess crossed all age and racial barrier as witnessed in the series of photos which I shot before the commencement of Day 2 of the George Town Heritage Celebrations down town.

SP Lim

Click to access NWP%20Chess%20Tournament%202013.pdf

Extracted from,
New World Park Chess Tournament 2013(National Rated Individual Event)

Venue : New World Park Penang
Date : 7 July 2013 (Sunday)
Time : 8:00am – 6:30pm (Round 1 starts at 8:50am)
System : Swiss System (7/8 rounds)
Time control : 25 minutes
Tie break :
4.No.of games taken black
5.Play off
Closing Date : 6 July 2013 or the number of participants reaches 200


Our Photographic Society of Penang Exhibition and Talk   Leave a comment

Our Photographic Society of Penang Exhibition and Talk at the Chinese New Year Heritage Festival 2013.

SP Lim

Chinese New Year Activities at Khoo Kongsi   Leave a comment

Chinese New Year Activities at Khoo Kongsi during the Chinese New Year Heritage Festival 2013. A hive of activities was seen here.

SP Lim

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