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Kenting National Forest Recreation Area

Kenting National Forest was originally known as Kuraluts when it was a Paiwan Village until Chinese farmers arrived in the late 1800s. In the early 20thcentury under Japanese colonial rule, a tropical plant nursery was established, but when WW11 ended, the nursery was converted into a botanical garden. Research continued, but the location now promoted tourism and ecotourism as well.

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Sites of Korea’s dark tourism

During the Joseon period, smoke signal stations and beacon mounds were used to transmit urgent political or military news by smoke or torchlight. These stations were built on hills where there had once been additional stations roughly six kilometres to the east and west of Sagye-ri’s station. Continue reading Sites of Korea’s dark tourism

An ancient underwater tomb

200 metres off South Korea’s eastern shore from Bonggildaewangam Beach lay King Manmu’s tomb. Within a natural cluster of rocks his remains were buried under the tortoise-shaped rock lying underwater in the centre of the rock formation. Continue reading An ancient underwater tomb

Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju

Construction began on this temple in 751 and took twenty-three years to complete. This was a huge undertaking with some eighty buildings. It was the centre for Silla Buddhism that prayed for the protection from foreign invasion. Continue reading Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju

How did Deoksugung Palace and Cartier Jewellery come together?

Deoksugung Palace was like a city within a city. The palace was the residence of the country’s royal family during the Joseon Dynasty until the Japanese invasion.

After passing through the entrance, the main hall was where the emperor once met visitors. Stone plaques marked where officials stood to wait for a meeting. Behind were more beautiful buildings spread around immaculate grounds. I forgot the noisy traffic outside as I went from one building to the next. Continue reading How did Deoksugung Palace and Cartier Jewellery come together?

The dilemma of giant bats

Bukittinggi had a subterranean past. During the war, the Japanese forced Indonesians to build underground tunnels where they stored their ammunition. We found the bunkers disturbing, so headed out with a guide who promised to show my daughter giant bats. Continue reading The dilemma of giant bats