Almost Heaven

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    First photo from my 5-days road trip to southern part of South Korea :)

    This photo is almost SOOC (straight out of camera); slightly cropped the edges to remove the vignetting from CPL filter & RAW converted to JPEG - all done in Canon DPP.

    Taken at 17mm, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 200.

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    These are the burial mounds of the Silla kings located in Gyeongju, South Korea.

    Excerpts from Wikipedia:
    The early history of Gyeongju is closely tied to that of the Silla kingdom, of which it was the capital. Gyeongju first enters non-Korean records during the Samhan period in the early Common Era. It is recorded in Chinese records as Saro-guk, one of twelve petty states which comprised the Jinhan confederacy. Saro-guk would later become the Silla kingdom. Korean records, probably based on the dynastic chronicles of Silla, record that Saro-guk was established in 57 BCE, when six small villages in the Gyeongju area united under Bak Hyeokgose, the kingdom's first ruler. During the Silla period, the city was called "Seorabeol" (서라벌; 西羅伐), "Gyerim," or "Geumseong" (금성; 金成).

    After the unification of the peninsula in the mid-7th century, Gyeongju became the center of Korean political and cultural life. The city was home to the Silla court, and the great majority of the kingdom's elite. Its prosperity became legendary, and was reported as far away as Egypt. The Samguk Yusa gives the city's population in this period as 119,000 households, suggesting that the total population exceeded one million. Many of Gyeongju's most famous sites date from this period, known as Unified Silla.

    However, the city's prosperity proved short-lived. In the late ninth century the Silla kingdom declined and fell apart, giving way to the Later Three Kingdoms of Korea. In 927 Gyeongju was pillaged by Hubaekje, one of these later kingdoms. Shortly thereafter, King Gyeongsun surrendered his title and country to Taejo, who then established the Goryeo dynasty. Gyeongju was no longer the capital of a united Korea. Gaegyeong (modern-day Kaesong) assumed that title.

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    1. lucianolibe47 57 months ago | reply

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    2. wanahfong 57 months ago | reply

      very nice. love the compo.

    3. [eman] 57 months ago | reply

      Very much thanks for all the kind comments and fav's! you guys are wonderful :D

      I would like to assure you all that this place (and this photo) is indeed real. I just happened to be there at the right place and at the right time :)

    4. waknin60 57 months ago | reply

      terbaek!!!!!

    5. Eba2008 56 months ago | reply

      indah tak terkata.. memang cun!! TANIAH BRO!

    6. Patrick Morris Photography 56 months ago | reply

      Wow it almost doesn't even look real. It's beautiful.

    7. **bitter-sweet** 56 months ago | reply

      this is just beautiful :D

    8. Dario Fargnoli 55 months ago | reply

      ..ottimo lavoro ..colori perfetti!!

    9. ermilia . 55 months ago | reply

      totallly cantikk siotttttttttttttttt.!

    10. simonbondphotography.com [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      Excellent, the colours really pop here. I'd also suggest lady luck was smiling on you to get blue sky like that, Korea is often much hazier.

    11. Abhar Bahrudin 54 months ago | reply

      very unreal, nice :)

    12. Dinies 54 months ago | reply

      cantik cantik cantik ohhh!!!!!

    13. AnNamir™ c[_] 53 months ago | reply

      Subhanallah! Teruja bangat melihat keindahan ini!!
      I'm speechless!!!

    14. pkajournal [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

      OH GOD, this is heaven! shit..how how..u're amazing. sorry interrupt here i am really new. and hope u could critics me as well! (:

    15. Bea Hohen-. 50 months ago | reply

      THIS CAN NOT BE REAL! :O
      i mean, it's just perfect, congratulations!! :)
      when i'm older, i wanna be just as good as you are with your camera.
      Love it, absolutelly love it. And the rest of your gallery too, of course!

    16. ShaZ Ni 45 months ago | reply

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    17. KNOWF [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

      this is just amazing

    18. UnQualified. 43 months ago | reply

      hey, great pic. how do u get an amazing blue sky, do u use a polarizing filter?

    19. Little Grey 42 months ago | reply

      almost heaven indeed...wow...superb capture.

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