Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pictures: Day 6 (7.3.10)

Weekend trip to Pusan (also spelled Busan)

Elizabeth and Erin on the boat in Pusan

Fish market in Pusan

Erin, Jana, Elizabeth, and Dr. Suh at the UN Memorial Cemetery. After the Korean War, the bodies of many soldiers were not able to go back to their home countries, so the Korean people buried them on their own soil. This was an incredibly moving experience for us, especially since it was the 4th of July weekend for us. Thank you to all of our soldiers who fight so hard for our freedom and the freedom of others.

The card says, "In respectful memory"

There was a lot of symbolism at this memorial fountain. The eternal flame stands for eternity. To the right of the flame is a helmet that symbolizes war and death. The flowers stand for peace & life, while the 21 fountain spewers stand for the 21 UN nations that participated in the Korean War. Additionally, the round pond signifies the Universe, and the reflection of the pond represents the sky, the fallen, and the beholders of the pond becoming united as One. The helmet is on one side of the water, while the flowers are on the other: this symbolizes the movement from War to Peace.

We stopped at the APEC house, which was the location of the 2005 Asian-Pacific Economic Conference. The house was built specifically for this conference.
This picture is made of mother-of-pearl and is, obviously, extremely expensive.

Standing where George W. Bush stood for the group picture

APEC house

This site was our final stop in our tour of Pusan. It is a site to "welcome the moon" because it has such a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset.

1 comment:

  1. Your photos today make me want to visit S. Korea. It is such a beautiful country. I can't wait to see the descriptions that go with your photos. Miss you...but so glad yall are having a great trip and are learning lots.