For the April Issue of SEOUL, I returned to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, a town I’d visited last fall for a Yonhap/SEOUL story on Yangdong Village, which had just been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This time, though, I went to do a travel piece on the town itself, virtually an outdoor museum of Korean antiquity. It’s also a fantastic place to visit in spring, incidentally, when the cherry blossoms and rape flowers bloom — if you’re visiting, be sure to check out Sherwin Jones’ outstanding Gyeongjublog for great travel information.
Anyway, to promote the April issue of our magazine — and because I really like the photo — I share with you the shot of Anapji Pond above.
It looks even nicer on a glossy two-page spread.
Oh, and as an added bonus, here’s a shot of the main hall of historic Bulguksa Temple that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor:
April was a fun (but very busy!) issue — production editor Ben Jackson and our exceptionally talented staff photographer Ryu Seunghoo team up for a wonderful exploration of some of Seoul’s hidden alleyways, and I got to talk with Korean lantern maker Jeon Youngil (the guy who builds the big lanterns they put in front of City Hall for Buddha’s birthday) and Newbery Award-winning children’s book writer Linda Sue Park, who was visiting Korea with Scholastic. And we also have a two-page photo of Bongeunsa by photographer Kim Sungjin that’s one of the nicest night shots of Seoul I’ve ever seen.
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