After a wonderful five days in Southern Korea I am back in Seoul for one final push before China. I will be flying to Shanghai on January 4th where I will spend the next 30 days exploring and photographing some of the beautiful Chinese regions. Stay tuned! Please feel free to subscribe to my Public Updates on Facebook, as I will be posting Instagram photos more regularly there (Instagram user name is @catchthejiffy) whenever I can find wifi. In Gyeongju National Park sits one of Korea’s many treasures, Anapji Pond. An artificial pond, it was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla Empire(57 BCE – 935 CE). Constructed by order of King Munmu in 674 CE, it was situated at the northeast edge of the Banwolseong palace site, in central Gyeongju. Anapji was dredged, cleaned, and rebuilt in 1974. The excavation project from March 1975 to December 1986 released a large number of relics from the pond, most of which can be seen in the Gyeongju National Museum (post to come). This has to be one of the prettiest places to visit at night. The entire pond is lighted, but the highlight are the three remaining temples overlooking the pond. The frozen water added a unique degree of detail to the foreground, and I ended up liking it that way much better. I was hoping it would be snowing for my photos but had no such luck. In fact, there were many sites in Gyeongju that I wanted to visit in the snow but it did not start snowing until the morning I departed for Seoul! Besides the blistering cold (my hands went numb after about 20 minutes of fumbling with camera settings, taking on and taking off gloves), Anapji was fantastic and I highly recommend it. You should take the extra time to visit Gyeongju so you can see it for yourself. For photographers it is a must. If you do visit, I recommend getting there about 30 minutes before sunset, since the sun sets directly behind the temples. After the sunset, you can see the temples slowly light up and sparkle in the night!
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