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Tue, 16 Mar 2010
HOORAY! I have managed to put everything back together again, the Artistic Dreams have changed quite a lot though. enjoy what's there xxx Dodie


An extract from
ACE Study Tours
SOUTH KOREA AT CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME March 30 - April 13, 2010

Spring is the time to head to the hills in Korea - for April traditionally sees the peninsula awash with swathes of cherry blossom. Our circuit features a handful of national parks which are likely to be bedecked with colourful camellias, forsythias and azaleas, as well as maritime Hallyeo, a panoramic seascape scattered with hundreds of islands, sandy beaches and beguiling rock formations.

There are six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Changdeokgung, Gyeongju, Haeinsa, Jongmyo, Seokguram and Bulguksa.

South Korea boasts a little-known but highly developed cultural heritage, a mélange of Confucian tradition - the world's earliest Confucian royal shrines are to be found at Jongmyo - and Buddhist learning, including the most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures. South Korea's seemingly impenetrable mountains, often harbouring architectural gems, are reason enough to visit a country that successfully preserves its age-old customs as it strides towards
modernity.


        Pagodas and palaces, temples and tumuli: Gyeongju, once the capital of the Silla empire, is heralded as one of Korea's most traditional - and most
striking - cities, akin to a bustle-free Kyoto. Strewn with dozens of royal tombs from the Silla era, Gyeongju contains a remarkable concentration of historical attractions: not just the 8th century grotto of Seokguram, home to a monumental Buddha and myriad gods, but also Bulguksa Temple, where the remarkablE
twin pagodas were designed by the legendary 8th century master craftsman Asadal.
The secluded Temple of Haeinsa on the slopes of Mt Kaya is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the world's most complete corpus of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 wooden blocks in the mid 13th century. The Janggyeong Pangeon, which houses these superb feats of craftsmanship, is itself revered as an exceptional work of art.
       Seoul, was the capital of the Choson dynasty from 1392 to 1910. The ancient city's royal palaces and sacred sites are better preserved than anything of their type in China, with 15th century Changdeokgung sheltering a particularly beautiful secret garden


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