Daily Archives: January 3, 2009

SE Asia Contest Winners

Posted by on January 3, 2009

I’ve put all the entries into Random.org and pulled out the five winners of the SE Asia contest. I’ll probably end up sending the items from Dubai rather than Bangkok, but they will be sent out in a few days. The winners are:

I’m going to be running another contest while I’m in the Middle East with similar rules and prizes. If you are subscribed to my RSS feed, you don’t have to do anything.

If you want to participate in the new contest, just sign up to my RSS feed or get updates via email. When I start the new contest, I’ll announce it on the site.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

Posted by on January 3, 2009

World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

From the World Heritage inscription:

In the early 15th century, the Emperor T’aejong ordered the construction of a new palace at an auspicious site. A Bureau of Palace Construction was set up to create the complex, consisting of a number of official and residential buildings set in a garden that was cleverly adapted to the uneven topography of the 58-ha site. The result is an exceptional example of Far Eastern palace architecture and design, blending harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

The Changdeok Palace sits in central Seoul and is an intact, impressive former seat of the Korean monarchy. Unfortunately, the palace seems rather sterile because all of the artifacts and furnishings have been removed. It is a collection of mostly empty buildings. Unlike most World Heritage sites, you can’t just buy a ticket and stroll about the grounds. You have to be with a tour guide, and tours leave about every hour/half hour in different languages. Tours last about an hour.