Forbidden City in Winter

😍💕 My #student surprised me with this today – she painted it herself and framed it for me The forbidden city in winter (cause she ‘knows I love snow’). Isn’t that A) gorgeous and B) the sweetest. I will treasure it!
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Sanjusangendo

This is part of the #Sanjusangendo temple. These are replicas of the deity Kannon. Kannon has 1000 arms, so each statue has 42 arms in rows of 25 (to cover the 25 planes). Altogether it means it represents the 10000 arms. They each also have several heads. Supposedly they have 10 heads with which to see human suffering and 10 times that many arms with which to eliminate human suffering. They are protected by the statutes of the warriors (most of which are deities from the Hindu faith–i.e. Braham is a guardian of the Kannon here, but the God of Creation in Hindu). There are hundreds of these and they date back to the 1200s.
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Yeouido, Seoul

One of my favorite places,to visit in #Seoul is the park at #Yeouido. I visited Seoul in 2013 during June and it was already SO HOT that my plans of wandering the city died pretty quickly. Instead I packed picnic lunches and spent a week mostly wandering from air conditioned sites (e.g. Ciex & National Museum) in the afternoon to the Hanyang (sp?) park of an evening. Turned into one of my favorite trips to Seoul solo. ❤
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Birch Antler

Hmmmmm. . . What do you think? Would you try birch antler? 😃 I did!!!! Tasted bitter 😜

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Giddy-up!

😂😂😂 So cute! They were totally enjoying the statue market 🐴