Gyeongsangbuk-do

Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Wednesday 5th May 2017, 4am. An early start this morning is required to beat the crowds. Slightly groggy, Master Oh, Kyung-sook and I drag ourselves into the car at 4:30am and drive for half-hour or so to Bongamsa. We get the last space in the temple’s car park. Even at that time in the […]

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2017 travel diary 4: The Mungyeong tea bowl festival

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2017
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Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Tuesday 2 May 2017, 1:30pm. Mungyeong Saejae, the pass high in the hills above the town of Mungyeong, is the place where Gyeongsang province meets Chungcheong province, and the place where the Yeongnamdaero – the old road between Seoul and Busan – crosses the Baekdudaegan, Korea’s mountain backbone. On the Mungyeong side of […]

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John Stark’s shamanistic “Field Work” on show in Milan

by Events Editor 6 October 2013
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John Stark, a British artist based in South Korea, currently has an exhibition in Milan. His paintings are based on his experiences travelling around many of the remote areas of South Korea and exploring the folk culture and landscape – particularly in Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the site of Ilwol san (“The Haunted Mountain”), which is […]

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Buddha’s Voice – The Bell of King Seongdeok

by Matthew Jackson 26 October 2011
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People sometimes take a jaundiced view of Korea’s estimation of the importance of its cultural heritage. In the case of the Sacred Bell of King Seongdeok, however, it was foreigner, Dr. Otto Kummel, a director at the National Museum of Germany, who suggested that the museum’s description of the bell as ‘the best in Korea’, […]

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Stargazing in Ancient Silla – the Cheomseongdae

by Matthew Jackson 18 October 2011
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Cheomseongdae, the world’s oldest surviving observatory, features a great deal in tourism material, and even if you haven’t been to Korea or the Gyeongju area, you will probably have seen it. You will also, if you are like me, have been somewhat underwhelmed by its rather modest appearance, which if anything does it less justice […]

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Haeinsa celebrates 1,000 years of the Tripitaka Koreana

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2011
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Haeinsa Temple is hosting its first contemporary art exhibition, involving 34 artists from 10 countries, to commemorate the millennial anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, which UNESCO has designated one of the “most important and most complete corpus of Buddhist doctrinal texts in the world.” The exhibition’s title — 通 | 통 | Tong — uses […]

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Travel ideas in Gyeongju: the Teddy Bear museum

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2011
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In Gyeongju? Had too much Silla dynasty culture? Try the Teddy Bear museum – including bears visiting models of tourist attractions such as the Seokguram Grotto. Cute. http://t.co/aPfXkhCF Keywords: Places: Gyeongju-si Other tags: Teddy Bears

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Bridge of National Defense collapses into Nakdong River

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2011
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‘Bridge of National Defense’ Collapses into Nakdong River – reportedly due the Four Rivers project. The Marmot has a timely feature on some of these historic bridges: http://bit.ly/kHg19s. Photo above from Joongang Ilbo # Keywords: General post tags: Extreme weather | Korean War

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Destination: Daegu International Body Painting Festival (2010) (NSFW)

by Chris Backe 7 September 2010
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Author’s note: this post is rated NSFW (Not Safe For Work) due to some nudity – this IS a body painting festival, people. Please go elsewhere if you’re looking for pornography – this is tasteful and beautiful art. As one might notice at a body painting festival, there’s plenty of paint, a touch of toplessness, […]

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Hahoe and Yangdong listed at UNESCO

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2010
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Congratulations to historic villages Hahoe and Yangdong, “two of the most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea,” and Korea's latest inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage list, on 31 July. http://bit.ly/cqjKEl # The BBC has some nice photos of both villages, plus other UNESCO sites listed along with them including Reunion Island […]

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There’s such a thing as a world skipping championship?

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2010
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Yes, and Loughborough is hosting it. So, welcome to the schoolchildren from Ulleungdo, who have come to the UK to compete in the world skipping championships 2010. http://bit.ly/96KgFT #

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Visit Korea, experience the Cold War

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2009
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Coming to the Travel Channel this autumn is a new travel documentary on Korea. At the Korea Tourism evening at the KCC last week we were given a preview. It was refreshing: a Korean tourism documentary, but from a Westerner’s perspective. Yes, we were told that the KTO assisted in the film’s production, but the […]

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The LKL Korea Trip 2009 pt 5: Bulguksa and Seokkuram

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2009
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Sunday 19 July 2009 More World Heritage points today. The Samgyeopsal from last night is still sitting heavily on my stomach and I don’t feel like breakfast. The 9 am KTX from Seoul Station, and the connecting train from East Daegu, went without a hitch, and bang on time. Just before I arrive in Kyongju […]

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Return of Millennium Dream

by Events Editor 3 June 2008

Last year the ceramic artists of North Gyeongsang province held an exhibition just off Regent Street entitled Millennium Dream, Millennium Light. This year they return to a gallery in New Malden – coinciding nicely with the first week of the New Malden Arts Festival. As last year, the work will include that by renowned masters. […]

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Millennium Dream

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2007
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It’s taken a while, but here is some more information on the artists and artisans from Gyeongsangbuk-do who were exhibiting in Mayfair earlier this year. It’s a shame that their sojourn was so brief. The quality and interest of their work was equal to that displayed in the Traditional Yet Contemporary exhibition last year, and […]

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Artisans of Gyeongsangbuk-do exhibit in Mayfair

by Events Editor 15 June 2007

I apologise to the ceramists and textiles artists of North Gyeongsang Province for going to their exhibition armed only with my mobile phone. And unfortunately there aren’t any press materials with images of the high quality work on show. From the above photo you can just about tell that the vase in the front has […]

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