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POTW 24th Sept 2012

Almost exclusively, JapanesePhotos.Asia Photo of the Week (POTW) images are of Japan. However, this POTW is of Gyeongbok Palace (Gyeongbokgung) in Seoul, South Korea. Why? Why not? I suppose this is the reason: I’m not really into the current artistic trend of photographic minimalism, so I’m happy to post this one… with people ruining the minimalism. 🙂

Korean Royal Palace and Insadong

I’ve had problems with my computer, but all is well now. So, I’ve finally been able to start to process the backlog, including my pictures of Seoul in South Korea (the friendly side). I’ve processed batch one (I call Day 1), which includes Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace where the Korean royal family resided. Also some images of Insadong, which is the artisan and tourist souvenir hunting quarter of Seoul. It is a mecca for for Korean art and artists, and a magnet for Korean art buyers. However, the shops or products they sold, that I remember 10 years ago, seemed to have been replaced with products more palatable to foreign tastes. Though, the pure Korean art surely survives somewhere there.

So that was Day 1, there’s more to come, look out for those. Day 1 is divided between Asia Photo Connection and my PhotoShelter account.

Map wielding tourist, and Dell Hell

Well, I went to Korea, arrived, survived, and got myself back home. As with all trips I take, I ALWAYS, always, forget something. This time it was my business cards. Not a problem thankfully. It was my second time in Seoul, the first time was ten years ago, and this time was… just then.

The city looks smarter, the quality of English generally seemed far better (or perhaps my ability to wield my English in a more comprehensible way). The underground (or subway) seems a lot better and easier to navigate (or perhaps my map reading abilities has improved), and it seems a much more pleasant a trip. However, I’ve realised how my abilities and knowledge in Korean have evaporated, and have at times relied on my and their Japanese; amazing.

So, I got some great shots, but nothing to show. Now, for the Dell hell story. My main laptop, a Dell, has been going great for the four years I’ve had it. My old, old Compaq computer has been going great for the nine years I’ve had it. But the newer Dell… well… the backlight has gone out, and so the screen is nothing but a blank. I can’t process any of the images until I get the monitor fixed. Grrr… and then I need to recalibrate the monitor, too.