July 31st, 2012

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Once more with pictures -- Day 8 final location UN cemetery

Just a couple of photos of the UN Memorial Cemetary. This is beautifully laid out and it is where thousands of UN troops, from 16 different countries, who died in the Korean war (1950-1953) are buried.

UN cemetery, Busan

This, I think, is the British section. Each country had a memorial and, according to the information in the Memorabilia Hall, the British memorial is a lion.

British graves, UN Cemetery, Busan

I couldn't get closer because you weren't allowed to walk on the grass. For some reason, the lion statue made me think of Aslan. I'd never previously linked the fact that Aslan is a lion with the British heraldic animal before.

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Once more with pictures -- Day 9 a walk up to a tower in Seoul

For whatever reason, Koreans don't build on their hills and instead the city flows around them, leaving islands of steep woodland in the midst of all the concrete and glass. Not very far from the station, there is the N Seoul Tower built on Namsan Mountain.

This is the view from part way up...

View of Seoul

This is the view from near the top...

View of Seoul

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The ancient warning beacons were located at strategic points across Korea. They showed a fire at night and a column of smoke by day. The system relied on different numbers of fires and went something like: 1 beacon -- everything is OK, 2 beacons -- enemy sighted in the distance, 3 beacons -- enemy look threatening, 4 beacons -- enemy attacking, please send reinforcements!, 5 beacons -- Heeeeelp!!!!

I did like the failsafe built into the system. Presumably no beacons meant "The enemy have managed to creep up and overwhelm us before we could light more beacons. Please come to our aid!"

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Ship Hotel, Dolgellau

Ship Hotel, Dolgellau by Helen in Wales
Ship Hotel, Dolgellau, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

30/52 for the group T189ers weekly alphabet challenge

This week's theme: O is for Olympics

Unfortunately, LOCOG's tight control of everything Olympic related means that outside the official adverts in and around London, towns couldn't put up any sort of decorations to celebrate the fact that the Olympics are being held in London this year.

However, rather unusually for this summer, we have a gorgeous day here on the day the Olympics opened and I snapped this shot of the Ship Hotel looking welcoming in the sunshine.