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Jung-ang

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  • Day202

    Touristes jusqu'au bout des ongles

    September 28, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Et nous avons osé le "hanbok", tenue traditionnelle coréenne, pour visiter un palais en plein centre de Seoul. Il faut dire que la politique du site encourage ce type de débordements (l'entrée est gratuite si vous êtes deguisé ! ça revient donc presque au même prix de débarquer en costume) et que Jo-Ana, mon hôte americaine en Warmshower, adore se déguiser. Chez elle, où elle accueille aussi bien des voyageurs à velo que des visiteurs en Airbnb, un portant entier est dédié à diverses tenues, à disposition des invités ! Il n'en fallait pas plus pour me convaincre.
    Avant d'arriver dans le palais, il a fallu marcher une dizaine de minutes dans la ville avec notre accoutrement bizarre... Il faut assumer !! Mais dès les enceintes franchies, nous avons pu voir que nous n'étions pas les seules. Certaines étaient en mode princesse, avec froufrous et paillettes, d'autres en habits plus sobres (mais tout de même etranges), il y avait même une fausse armée pratiquant en rythme des arts martiaux...

    La tenue traditionnelle coréenne consiste en un court et large veston et une jupe/salopette volumineuse, à enfiler par dessus un jupon lui même bouffant. Pas franchement sexy ni seyante, elle devait être modeste et discrète, en cachant les formes des femmes (ainsi ne voyait-on plus la différence entre Jo-Anna, enceinte de 6 mois, et Jennifer et moi). Les hommes enroulaient quant à eux leurs longs cheveux dans un chapeau/filet noir. Le port de ce chapeau qui signifiait l'entrée dans l'âge adulte faisait l'objet de rites de passage. Les couleurs des habits étaient simples, dans les tons pastels, et unies. Seules les classes aisées avaient le droit à de la déco supplémentaire : broche à cheveux pour les femmes, chapeau pour les hommes, broderies et insignes... Nos tenues étaient ainsi plus kitsch et colorées que les vrais habits traditionnels.
    Malgré le defi des escaliers avec jupe longue et la chaleur sous ces épaisseurs, l'expérience etait marrante !
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  • Day3

    Day 2: Gyeongbokgung

    November 9, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Alice's mom took the day to lunch and chat with her friends from the bank. As 20-somethings they all worked in the same downtown Seoul bank and have been friends ever since. Alice and I took off on the metro to visit the largest of the Joseon palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung.

    The Joseon Dynasty ruled from 1392 to 1897. It was the longest Confucian dynasty and the last Korean dynasty. Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the five grand palaces of Seoul and was built in 1395.

    Gyeongbokgung consists of a large palace comprised of many buildings spread over a wide area and sits directly next to the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea. The palace was full of hanbok clad tourists. Interestingly, the face of tourists in Korea has changed. These were not locals, and most of them were not Korean. The change in tourist reflects the growing affluence that is spreading across Asia and the diversity in culture and religions represented. You could tell the Koreans apart: they weren't wearing traditional, Korean dress.

    Beyond the main gate we heard the megaphoned voice of a woman growing more and more hoarse as the hours passed. It was a protest, but we couldn't quite figure out what the protest was against. And then we were told...it was against Trump. Trump had declared that the US was helping South Korea by occupying a military base in Seoul. The South Koreans needed to pay much more now for the pleasure of housing our troops. I think I agree with the hoarse lady. We saw some marching, but stayed pretty clear of the crowds of people. Apparently, Saturdays are for shopping and protesting in the city center.

    We made it a day by visiting both museums and every single one of the shops around the palace grounds. I have taught Alice the joy of travel souvenirs. Packing tiny trinkets in my suitcase and making it home with all of them is my gift. We are all superheroes in our own way.

    As we were trying to figure out the best way home around protests and crowded subways, an American looked up at me and said, "Are you going to the Lantern Festival?" Lantern Festival? Alice quickly texted locals who responded, "Lantern Festival? Isn't that in the summer?" Well, there IS a Lantern Festival...in November...thank you random American for letting us know. It will take us a few days to wind up there though.

    Next up: Bad noodles, Do this museum LAST, and dinner with the cousins.
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  • Day4

    Kawaii and Markets

    September 3, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    It wasn't a fun night. There was a time once when a room like this would have been fine for us but we have to acknowedge that we really need something a touch more comfortable nowadays. I talk to the woman behind the desk to work something out first, then go see another hotel just around the corner to see if we can get a room. Once it is all sorted I pick up a couple of takeaway coffees and toasted snacks for breakfast. Korean bread is very light and a little sweet, not unlike brioche. A chain of stores called Paris Baguette has all kinds of bread snacks such as croque monsieur and french toast, or their versions of. On the way I stop to photograph all the little Kawaii characters adorning the streetscape.

    We pack up our stuff and move around the corner, leaving behind the mountain view. Once settled in to our new room we head off in the direction of the Namdaemun Markets. These aren't just a city block, the markets occupy an entire district with street names like Jewelry Row and Hairtail Alley. Richard is peckish and stops for a fried something on a stick and we press on. I love markets and I also find them intimidating. This one is an assault on the senses. We make our way along the fish alley where stews are bubbling right alongside the narrow footway. After a while we pop out the other side right in front of the Sungnyemun Gate, a solid and imposing structure dating back to the 1400s with a few touch ups over the years. As we consider which direction to go to best see it suddenly a platoon of colourful guards emerges from the subway in front of us and head into the markets. And as suddenly as they appeared, they are gone!

    The gate is situated in the middle of a city intersection with traffic and tall city buildings surrounding it. Standing beneath its arch provides cool relief from the heat of the day and offers a chance to admire the rather impressive dragons that guard the threshold at this point in the western wall.
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  • Day4

    Chicken and Beer

    September 3, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Later in the afternoon we take the metro to Seoul main station and head for Seoullo7017 but of course this means negotiating the Seoul station underground labyrinth first. The maps are great. Every exit is numbered and although not every exit has escalators there are 3-D illustrations of the station layout everywhere. You just have to work them out. So we exit somewhere, I am still unsure where and spot a bar. Seems like a good spot to get re-oriented.

    The Seoullo7017 used to be a freeway overpass and it has been turned into a pedestrian walkway with trees and plants and elevated lookouts. It takes us most of the way back to the Sungnyemun Gate which we hoped to see at night under lights. We've arrived too early and don't fancy hanging around so slowly make our way back through the market until we come across a hole in the wall selling fried chicken and beer. That's it. Nothing else. Just fried chicken and beer. Filled a hole.

    We return via the Myeond-dong street markets and eye off tomorrow night's dinner. Oh, and the cat guy, spruiking the cat cafe.
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  • Day7

    Gyeongbokgung Palast

    October 27, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    In Seoul gibt es fünf Paläste, in denen die Königsfamilie gewohnt hat. Der Gyeongbokgung ist der größte. Er ist umgeben von einem großen Garten und auch rundherum gibt es schöne Tempel, Schreine und malerische Teiche. Früher wandelte hier die royale Familie, heute sind es Touristen aus der ganzen Welt. Nicht nur das Blättermeer um den Palast ist farbenfroh, sondern auch seine Besucher. Man sieht scharenweise junge Koreaner in den tollsten traditionellen Hanboks durch die historische Kulisse der Anlage schwirren für das schönste Foto.Read more

  • Day7

    Wachablösung

    October 27, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Am Haupteingang findet zweimal täglich die farbenprächtige Wachablösung der königlichen Garde statt. Wenn du denkst, dass Changing of the Guards in London ein Spektakel ist, dann komm mal nach Seoul. Die Show dauert etwa 15 Minuten. Die Palastwachen ziehen mit Waffen und Fahnen über den Hof. Begleitet werden sie von einem Orchester mit lauten Trommeln und einer riesigen Muschel-Trompete.Read more

  • Day5

    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    July 20, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The major palace in Seoul is a must see. Especially the two buildings which are each built in the middle of ponds.

    Der Hauppalast von Seoul ist eine Pflichtsehenswürdigkeit. Speziell die beiden Gebäude, die jeweils in der Mitte von Teichen gebaut wurden.Read more

  • Day5

    A Palace. A Big One

    September 4, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    We deliberately chose accommodation without breakfast to force us to get out and try local. I admit that today's choice didn't require much imagination. Right across the road from us Tous les Jours... Yes, I know. But it was quick and satisfying.

    We've got this Seoul metro thing nailed. One stop on the blue line then change to the orange line. Four stops to Gyeongbokgung. A bit of a trek underground to exit and a few more steps than I'd like and we are there. It's a bit of a drizzly day today but we have come prepared. We spot our first group of young girls in traditional Korean dress or Hanbok. You can hire these not far from the palace then gain free entry to several of the ancient sites so I know we are going to see lots of them, but they make great photos. The weather just means we are going to see less traditional footwear as skirts are hoisted to avoid puddles.

    The palace is beautiful and somehow even more so in the rain. Set against a mountain backdrop and hugged in brooding dark cloud it is a place of serenity even with groups of school tours thronging about. We sit in the outdoor area of the cafe in the grounds to take a load off and enjoy the rain falling on the small lake surrounding one of the many pavillions. A couple of Korean school girls see me and giggling say "hello" in unison. I reply "Annyeong haseyo" and they run away exclaiming "woah!"

    The photos tell more of a story today than I can wax unlyrical although some may have water droplets
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  • Day1

    Russian Air Defense System

    August 4, 2016 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Russia has developed a miniature burning laser weapon for special operations forces,which using low energy laser. The weapon is only 300 grams, it can blinding the enemy or temporary loss of combat, and has received the Chechen War test.
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    Russia has also developed a 56 kg weight of individual automatic photoelectric warfare weapons, mainly rely on the built-in laser radar lock the precise location of the target, resulting in loss of the combat effectiveness of the enemy soldiers and photoelectric equipment and effect distance of up to 1.5 km.
    Powerful Laser Weapon Can Destroy the Enemy Satellite Completely
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    As the world's first major achievements in the field of 5000mw Laser weapons, the Soviet Union has long maintained the technical advantages of laser weapons. As early as 1972, the Soviet Union carried out a powerful laser weapon test, they use a mobile laser cannon destroy the air moving target successfully. But due to the 90s of the last century, Soviet power weakened and continued unrest.
    At the same time, the United States has invested a lot of manpower and material resources to carry out research, the rapid development of Russia's anti ultra. The United States began in 1983, "Star Wars" program in the laser radiation system research work, after the beginning of the development of up to 30 years.
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    Although the U.S. Department of defense since the end of 2011, announced the termination of the ABL airborne 100mw Laser Pointer project research and development, but through several ballistic missile interception test, the United States in the field of lasers have made great progress. At present, the United States missile defense agency has begun research on the use of high altitude UAV laser weapons. It is to see the great prospects of this field, and in view of the United States space based laser weapon is relatively mature, Russia is unwilling to fall behind, they also involved in the research of space-based laser weapons actively.

    Strategic priority to protect the nuclear power

    It can be considered that the current Russian air based laser weapon system deveolpment comes from the enormous pressure of the military field of space. At present, the Western powers have extended their military reach into space, and Russia's 200mw Green Laser weapon system will be used as a weapon against the country's space weapons and equipment. The Russian side has revealed that Russian existing laser weapon can destroy enemy satellites flying in the hundreds of kilometers of track, ground-based laser weapon system is used in combat.
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    Russia and the United States, Russia has a long time competition in the laser field, in March 2007 the Russian "Tatiana" satellite of the sudden suspension of work, it is considered to be related to the United States to test laser weapons. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russia's comprehensive national strength has appeared relatively weak. However the peripheral security environment has become increasingly complex, especially eastward expansion of NATO, the United States will continue to plan to deploy anti missile system in Eastern Europe, the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine is directly in front of the Russia's doorstep, the strategy space and deterrent power suffered a great threat. In this case, Russia can only rely on more strategic nuclear forces this "killer".
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