Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kinkaku-Ji Temple in Kyoto

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This is the famous temple, Kinkaku-Ji Temple in Kyoto. Kyoto is the historical and popular sight-seeing city.
Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺 Temple of the Golden Pavilion), also known as Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 Deer Garden Temple), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design.It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Korea Cultural Heritage : Dan Cheong


Korean temples and old houses often have colorful roofs. 'Dan Cheong', a characteristic of Korea, has been developed over many years, in which the colors and designs have changed.

Colors such as azure, red , yellow, white and black were use to paint pictures and designs onto roofs, pillars and walls of Korean buildings.

'Dan Cheong' is the word describing all works of art, such as formative works of art, craft work and paintings which are found on buildings made of stone, old tombs, portraits of Buddha and in caves.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

N Seoul Tower


Found this postcard in Namdaemun market.
There are 2 part in this postcard. The small portion can be folded in when sending.

N Seoul Tower is best observatory space of Seoul, where you can enjoy the panoramic scenery of Seoul. It is located in Namsan Mountain, central Seoul, South Korea. Built in 1969, at a cost of approximately $2.5 million, and opened to the public in 1980, the tower has been a symbol of Seoul and measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. It has also been known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. After the tower's original owner merged with the CJ Corporation, it was renamed the N Seoul Tower (official name CJ Seoul Tower).

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (6)



Kek Lok Si or "Temple of Supreme Bliss" sits atop a hillock in Georgetown, Penang Island.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (5)

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(top left) Kuala Lumpur's Jamek Mosque harks back to 1909
(bottom left) The former Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was built in 1910
(right) The National Monument was created by Felix De Weldon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (4)

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Trishaws in the courtyard of Khoo Kongsi, built in 1984.

Pillars with carved dragons.

Shrine richly decorated with gold leaf.

Main entrance to the clan house.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (3)



Seri Maha Mariamam Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan.

KOMTAR houses government and commercial offices

Khoo Kongsi is the most elaborate clan house in Penang (believe me, it's gorgeous and worth to visit)

Pagoda at Kek Lok Si featuring Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (2)

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The 65 storey KOMTAR is Penang's tallest landmark

Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple complex in South-east Asia.

The Penang Bridge links the island to the mainland (the second Penang bridge is under-construction and there is a new coming proposal in tunnel-under-sea)
Before the Penang Bridge was there, people used to take ferry to travel to/from the Island to Mainland which is still in uses today.

Chulia Street is a riot of colourful signboards.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Malaysia : Latest Updates through postcard (1)



(top right) The Pavilion is a popular shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur
(center right) Visitors to Chinatown are greeted by an archway
(bottom left) Old shop-houses in Chinatown
(bottom right) An overhead plastic canopy in Chinatown
(right) The KL Monorail zips through the city on an elevated track.(the headache traffic jam happening in city)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Porto, Portugal

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Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal.

I think the outstanding tower is the Clérigos tower.
Clérigos church tower was the tallest structure in Portugal when completed in 1763 (the national record is now Lisbon's Vasco da Gama Tower), and as the main feature of the city's skyline, ships used it as a guide when coming into Cais da Ribeira.

It's a remarkable baroque landmark designed by the Italian architect Nasoni, who also designed the adjoining church. It has become a popular tourist attraction for the aerial view of the city from the top (76 meters up -- after a steep flight of 240 steps). Inside the church, the highlight is a polychromatic Baroque-Rococo marble ratable.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Petäjävesi Old Church


Petäjävesi Old Church in central Finland, was built of logs between 1763 and 1765. This Lutheran country church is a typical example of an architectural tradition that is unique to eastern Scandinavia. It combines the Renaissance conception of a centrally planned church with older forms deriving from Gothic groin vaults.

This is a detail of the decoration of this old wooden church. The church is still in use during summertime, many couples want to be married there.


Love the matched stamp and card !!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Khmer Woman, Poipet, Cambodia


Khmer Woman, Poipet, Cambodia , 2005
Photo Yoonki Kim

The image of the Cambodian woman has always been compared to the celestial goddesses on the walls of the great temples Angkor Wat. The pleasant smile and distant gaze serve as a paragon for Cambodian women. Apsara, as they are called, represent water and purity and the fluidity of the virtuous female.

This postcard was send from Singapore, Marque.
Thank you.