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~SOUTH KOREA~

South Korea lies on the southern half of the mountainous Korean Peninsula.
Evidence of inhabitants in Korea from as early as 4000 BC exists in Korea. There are pyramids in Korea that are older and larger than those of Egypt.
According to legend, the first acknowledged kingdom in Korea emerged in 2333 BC. Tan'gun Wang'gom, the first great ruler of Korea, established his capital at Asadal (now P'yong'yang) and called his kingdom Choson, a name that means "Land of the Morning Calm." The Tan'gun legend not only reflects Korean ideals, but helped develop the pride of a people with a long history and an ancient culture. Through the centuries, Koreans have preserved this legend which became a source of spiritual comfort in times of crisis.
In 1897 King Kojong declared himself to be emperor of the Taehan Empire, an independent Korea. However, during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), Japanese forces moved onto the peninsula, despite Korean declarations of neutrality. The signing of the Japan-Korea Protection Treaty in 1905 gave Japan virtual control over Korea, and in 1910 a Korean royal proclamation announced the annexation by Japan.
During its occupation, Japan built up Korea's infrastructure, especially the street and railroad systems. However, the Japanese ruled with an iron fist and attempted to root out all elements of Korean culture from society. People were forced to adopt Japanese names, convert to the Shinto (native Japanese) religion, and were forbidden to use the Korean language in schools and business. The Independence Movement on March 1, 1919, was brutally repressed, resulting in the killing of thousands, the maiming and imprisoning of tens of thousands, and destroying of hundreds of churches, temples, schools, and private homes. During World War II, Japan siphoned off more and more of Korea's resources, including its people, to feed its Imperial war machine. Many of the forced laborers were never repatriated to Korea.
After WWII Korea was divided into North and South that we have today. The South is ever hopeful of a re-united Korea.
Source: The WWW.




Mountains of Korea from the air

Part of Inch'on about 30 miles from Seoul

A highway system near Inch'on

Inside Incheon International Airport


On the left is an indoor Smoking Hut. It has a system of fans and filters that keep all smoke in the hut. Those of you familiar with air doors that keep heat or cold air from a building, will recognize that these huts rely on that same principle. On the right is an indoor park complete with trees, flowers and a pond.


A couple of shots of Inch'on and some of it's hotels by night


This new, modern airport (2001 opening) is designed like an airliner combined with something out of Star Trek.

A morning sky over Korea

An almost sunrise

~KOREANS~



Family returning from Korean Disneyland.
heheheheh

A couple of Airport security guards, these two were
fairly friendly

Custodial crew

Traffic Control

"Psst!" "It's a secret."


There were at least three types of airport security, that I observed while there. The unarmed (without guns, although they carried sharply pointed rods about 4 feet long) variety pictured above; an armed with pistols, police type variety; and the heavily armed (Uzis) military appearing variety. I had contact with the latter on several ocassions. It seems that EVERYTHING in and around the airport is "secret". Including the construction design of the building and the sunrise. I was "requested" to delete several photos of both. Particularly discerning were the photos of a magnificent sunrise over the airport. And don't even think about taking a photo of any of the aircraft (all commercial airliners) on the tarmac. Inch'on International Airport is not tourist friendly.
I did, however, encounter some very friendly people during my 17 hours in Korea. One of whom was the gentleman in the orange jacket. He was the guy, who told me about the sunrises here. Unfortunately, his friendliness was not shared by most of the security people.


~JAPAN~


I have only one photo taken in Japan. It's of the ceiling, and greatly uninteresting. I was only there for 7 hours and wasn't allowed to leave the boarding area. We were on a stopover and didn't even go through customs. We were herded (literally) by airport escorts from the arrival gate straight to the departure gate, and crowded into a waiting area totally unsuitable for the number of people involved. There was one vendor selling candy, beer and soft drinks at outrageously high prices. Not a good experience. I could easily skip these two stops, if ever going that way again. I did try to get different flights out of Russia, but they weren't available during that time period.



Music is "The South Korean Anthem"

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