travel theme: shadows

A sundial is an instrument that indicates the time of day by means of the position, on a graduated plate or surface, of the shadow of the gnomon as it is cast by the sun. A gnomon is the raised part of a sundial that casts the shadow. (Definitions taken from dictionary.com)

Here’s a photo of the Angbuilgu Sundial taken at Deoksugung Palace, South Korea.

angbuilgu sundial

angbuilgu sundial

“Angbuilgu is a sundial that was used during the Joseon era. The name Angbuilgu means upward-looking kettle that catches the shadow of the sun.

The thirteen horizontal lines mark the 24 periods of seasonal change from the winter solstice to the summer solstice and allow the season of the year to be determined. The vertical lines are time lines. The device is aligned to face the North Star, and it is marked with pictures of animals, rather than letters, for the sake of the common people who could not read.

It was first made in 1434, but the present Angbuilgu was created in the latter half of the 17th century.
Size: 35.2 centimeters in diameter, 14 centimeters high.”

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a word a week photo challenge: celebration

Celebration of Love:

Hubby and i once celebrated our anniversary while visiting the Namsan Tower in Seoul South Korea. It was the most unique way of celebrating it. We wrote our pledge of love to one another on two Love Locks and locked it both together forever at the tower… it’s our celebration of love. The next time we visit Seoul, we will surely be back at the tower to look for it.

our love locks

What does celebration mean to you? What is your most memorable celebration?

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Seated Yeorae Image Carved on a Rock

the mountain-side at eomul-dong, ulsan south korea

bright-colored lanterns adorning the mountain-side

and here's a photo of the seated yeorae image (look closely at the rock)

Visiting the Seated Yeorae Image carved on rock surface in Eomul-dong was one of the stops during our Ulsan City Tour in South Korea.  Since this place is located at the higher part of the mountain side, be ready to climb the stairs leading to the seated Yeorae.  The lanterns adorning the side of the mountain are so colorful, swaying gently as the cool wind blows.