Pe Drumul Matasii in Uzbekistan 4. O plimbare prin Tashkent (2)

Tashkentul are o populatie de 2.2 milioane de locuitori. Numele sau vine, dupa unii, din cuvantul turcic “tash“, adica “piatra” si  persanul “kent“, adica “oras”.  Altii afirma ca etimologia trebuie cautata in cuvantul sogdian “tschatsch”, adica “locul de pe deal”. … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 54. Namba Park / Arigato, Japan! 54. Namba Park

I saw Namba Park firstly on internet. It drew my attention because of the interesting mixture between modern architecture and gardening. It is a space filled with restaurants and shops, hosting many events. Gardens with trees and flowers, waterfalls recommend … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 10. Nara, vechea capitala imperiala / Arigato, Japan! 10. Nara the Old Imperial Capital

Nara has been the first permanent capital of Japan, before it was moved to Kyoto. When you are in Kyoto, seeing Nara seems mandatory, so many tourists head there. Most of them limit their trip to see the three temples … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 2. La Kyoto prin…Istanbul / Arigato, Japan! To Kyoto via…Istanbul

I knew that April is the month when one can see Istanbul full of tulips due to the Tulip Festival. It is the 7th edition now, and I wanted to go to Emirgan Park, the place where all the events … Continue reading

Momente din Seul 26. Jongmyo / Seoul Moments 26. Jongmyo Shrine

Built in the proximity of the Gyeongbok Palace, in 1392, Jongmyo Shrine is dedicated to the preservation of royal family sacred tablets. When a king or a queen died, they were mourned in the palace for 3 years. Then, the … Continue reading

Momente din Seul 24. Biwon sau Gradina Secreta ? / Seoul Moments 24. Buwon or the Secret Garden?

The question mark in the title stands for the names of this garden, during the time: The North Garden, The Forbidden Garden or the Secret Garden? The last one is not very much liked by the authorities (as I read … Continue reading

Momente din Seul 21. Altarul Wongudan / Seoul Moments 21. Wongudan Altar

The Wongudan Temple is a jewel unknown for many of the inhabitants of Seoul. It was erected on 1897, in the period when the king Sojong autoproclaimed himself emperor of the Daehan Empire. As this was a title which made … Continue reading