KOREA. LAND OF THE MORNING CALM
Most Ukrainians mention of South Korea is associated with cheap electronics,
spicy carrots with our markets and the stories about dog meat as a local delicacy. Unfortunately, myths often hide from us the reality…
One look at Seoul, the capital of South Korea, enough to agree: the state is indeed full of surprises! The first thing that catches your eye – hundreds of groups and placed singly skyscrapers. Here and there giant piles of they rested in a small haze of the sky – different configurations, different design, dressed in huge plasma screens or billboards. And in the shadow of modern architecture surrounded by a delightful hiding the silence of Buddhist temples or Palace complexes colorful former rulers of the country. But from the collision of past and present does not occur dissonance – different eras seamlessly intertwined, durmana sounds, smells, the tempo.
OH, THE ROADS…
The second pleasant shock – it’s expensive. Their perfectly smooth surface, without patches and potholes, causes unconcealed envy. They were modelled on the American highways, because often have four rows in each direction. In addition, the city is shrouded in a web of interchanges of air, Continue reading
Golden week holidays in Japan, usually called the time from April 29 to may 5 – a peculiar sort of spring break in the country where the vacation is short, and fading business life in this period gives citizens an opportunity to travel around the country, or abroad.
Since 2001, by the decision of Rango, a leading trade Union associations of the country, the celebration of may day as the International day of solidarity of workers (which is not a state, but is widely celebrated and is a paid day of rest) is postponed to 28 April with the aim to organize mass events for the occasion without sacrificing family and friend trips.
And two years ago, in 2007, greenery Day (Midori no hi) is also moved, from April 29 to may 4, because it coincided with the date of birth of the Emperor Showa (1901-1989), who was known for great love of nature and established this feast when he ascended the throne on 25 December 1926. Title eternal Seva was given to the monarch after the death, during his lifetime his name was Hirohito. It was highly revered by the people of the ruler, and now may 29 – Showa day, a national holiday of Japan.
After the Second world war, under the Constitution, becoming a symbol of state Continue reading
Ancient Samarkand was a major trading center of the silk Road. Merchants passed these places transporting silk from the East to the West. The Silk Road was located several hundred cities. But in the middle of the XIV Century Samarkand became the stand out among them with its magnificence and wealth. This town owes its prosperity to the great conqueror, the descendant of Genghis Khan – Amir Temur. His Empire stretched from North India and almost to the shores of the Pacific ocean and to Turkey. But during his campaigns was unichtojena more than 17 million people. Amir Temur was a despotic and cruel government Telem. But this cruel man was a patron of the arts, scholarship and craft.
The beauty of the palaces of Amir Temur’s times is not their size but their amazing finish. Simple materials the ancient builders were able to create architectural masterpieces. A characteristic feature of buildings in the Timurid era is the widespread use of izraztsov tiles that came, must be from the architecture of Iran. Buildings are literally covered by it. The tiles are very bright and saturated colors. The combination of blue, yellow and green colors creates ineffable beauty of the pattern. Tile and tile products from green glass became a symbol of the heyday of Eastern, Central Asian Continue reading