The fountain outside the Somerset Palace Serviced Apartments in the heart of Seoul.
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This photo was taken in the grounds of Changgyeonggung, one of Seoul's historic palaces. The structure at the rear is the taesil (a stone container that is used to store a placenta) of King Seongjong . In front is a stele (a vertical stone pillar with a commemorative inscription) mounted on the back of a turtle.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Firstly, today's image is a composite from three exposures of a bridge across the Han River well to the west of Seoul.
Secondly, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday by Murphy_Jay of Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) Daily Photo who awarded me the Arte y Pico (the image at left) for this blog. Thanks Murphy_Jay! In the spirit of the rules of the award (see below), I have decided to pass it on to five of my fellow photo-bloggers whose blogs I enjoy. So, in alphabetical order, the award now goes to:
Abraham Lincoln at Brookville Daily Photo
Bitingmidge at Sunshine Coast Daily
Chuck Pelfey at One a Day - Mostly Seattle
Kim at Seattle Daily Photo
Michael Blamey at St Kilda Today
Here are the rules of this award :
1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider 'deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and which contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language they are in.'
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him/her the award itself.
4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize has to show the Arte y Pico blog so that everyone will know the origin of the award.
5. Each award winner has to post these rules. Just copy and paste the rules above. Copy, save, and paste the Arte y Pico award and pick your deserving five!
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The title of the post today comes from "The Gambler", famously sung by Kenny Rogers. The photo was taken in the entry hall of my apartment. It shows my recently acquired folding bicycle which was produced by a Korean company called Samchuly. I bought it from my local bicycle store owner who operates a small shop just around the corner from my apartment tower.
As you can probably see, it doesn't take up much space; an important factor in my choice from the available models. I could have gone for one with very small wheels and limited gearing, but opted for this one as it had full size wheels (26 inch) and 21 gears. It has a large hinge mechanism in the middle of the frame which allows it to be folded in half (hopefully NOT while I am riding it!). The vendor fitted mudguards, put in a longer seat post, gave me a lock and a reasonable discount on the catalogue price. I have take it for a couple of long rides east and west along cycle path beside the Han River and was easily able to keep up with the lycra-clad crowd. The catalogue photo and technical details (in Korean) can be seen here.
By the way, the object hanging above the bicycle is a kind of harness that I could use to lower myself to the ground in the event that a fire traps me in my apartment. It is attached to a metal arm (which looks incapable of supporting my hefty mass) which can be swung out through the window, after you break the glass with a nifty little hammer. Let's hope that I never have to gamble on using it!
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Seongsugyo, or the Seongsu Bridge across the Han River, is an impressive steel and concrete structure. However, at around 07:40 hours on 21 October 1994, it collapsed killing 32 people and injuring another 17. The rebuilt bridge reopened to traffic in July 1997.
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Water flows over the weir next to Jamsildaegyo on the Han River at Jamsil.
Postscript - Although I didn't elect to participate in the theme day this month, the theme of which was "No . . ." signs, it appears that I accidentally did. The green sign at the bottom of the shot says, amongst other things, "No Fishing", as does the small yellow sign on the very right hand edge of the shot!