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Illah Nourbakhsh's Snapshots

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  1. Residential apartments

    Snapshot Title: Residential apartments
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Mongchontoseong Sunset over Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The typical living arrangement in Korea- high-rise apartments thare are very efficient. Note that each building is numbers. Usually starts at 100 or 1000. The Koreans believe and practice small-footp...



  2. Bridges

    Snapshot Title: Bridges
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Mongchontoseong Sunset over Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Bridges over the Han river in Seoul and, at the upper left, scrapers on the south bank.



  3. Happy Dragon?

    Snapshot Title: Happy Dragon?
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    I see a very happy dragon running, maybe.



  4. Five Rings

    Snapshot Title: Five Rings
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The olympic symbol super-sized



  5. Abstraction

    Snapshot Title: Abstraction
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The most abstract head surrounding the Gate



  6. Wooden head

    Snapshot Title: Wooden head
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The gate is surrounded by four columns of diverse wooden heads on tall poles.



  7. World Peace Gate

    Snapshot Title: World Peace Gate
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The official name of the Olympic Gate, as it's commonly called.



  8. Olympic Torch

    Snapshot Title: Olympic Torch
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Olympic Gate in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The olympic flame continues to burn in Seoul at the Gate.



  9. Ceiling flags

    Snapshot Title: Ceiling flags
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Gukgiwon (Taekwondo) World Headquarters main arena
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The ceiling both welcomes and recognizes many member countries of international Taekwondo.



  10. HQ Insignia

    Snapshot Title: HQ Insignia
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Gukgiwon (Taekwondo) World Headquarters main arena
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Martial arts performers come from afar to visit the heart of Taekwondo.



  11. Pillar

    Snapshot Title: Pillar
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Seogeodang Palace at Deoksugung (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    interesting feature



  12. Wet seal

    Snapshot Title: Wet seal
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea National Art Museum (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    An odd pose for a seal...



  13. Palace edge

    Snapshot Title: Palace edge
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea National Art Museum (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    A beautifully colored building on the northern edge of the old palace grounds



  14. Old and new

    Snapshot Title: Old and new
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea National Art Museum (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The old welcome building is framed by the modern buildings in "old downtown" Seoul.



  15. Blossoms

    Snapshot Title: Blossoms
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea National Art Museum (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Beautiful flowers blossoming when I was there.



  16. Museum sign

    Snapshot Title: Museum sign
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea National Art Museum (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The national museum of art is on the palace grounds at Deoksugung



  17. Carved wood

    Snapshot Title: Carved wood
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Seogeodang Palace at Deoksugung (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Beautiful carved wood terminates the beams that attached as tenon and mortise.



  18. Old and new

    Snapshot Title: Old and new
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Seogeodang Palace at Deoksugung (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Notice on the right the modern replacement tiles are much less weathered and have no dragon relief.



  19. Simple sign

    Snapshot Title: Simple sign
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Seogeodang Palace at Deoksugung (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    In Korea, a simple sign suffices to keep people outside a space...



  20. Palace Story

    Snapshot Title: Palace Story
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Seogeodang Palace at Deoksugung (Seoul)
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Seogeodang's story



  21. Happy dragon

    Snapshot Title: Happy dragon
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa old temple grounds, Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    A very happy beast



  22. Incredible detail

    Snapshot Title: Incredible detail
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa old temple grounds, Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    This particular temple has color detail that surpasses all the others. As with many of the temples, note that the roof tiles have patterns stamped in their ends, often dragon figures.



  23. Intricate underside

    Snapshot Title: Intricate underside
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa old temple grounds, Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The monks and visitors pass beneath this temple, which has an intricately painted underside, on the way to the largest Buddha in Seoul.



  24. Seoul Coex

    Snapshot Title: Seoul Coex
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa old temple grounds, Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The Seouls Coex convention center (and shopping area) begins at this entrance.



  25. Bongeunsa old temple in Seoul

    Snapshot Title: Bongeunsa old temple in Seoul
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa old temple grounds, Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    This very old building at the Bongeunsa temple complex has intricate woodworking and construction with neither glue nor nails nor screws.



  26. Fire Extinguisher

    Snapshot Title: Fire Extinguisher
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa Temple main courtyard in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    This is a fire extinguisher



  27. Fiery dragon

    Snapshot Title: Fiery dragon
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa Temple main courtyard in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The dragon's eye is resplendent, and each dragon on the structure is unique.



  28. Flower lamp

    Snapshot Title: Flower lamp
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa Temple main courtyard in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    A beautiful and clearly very old hanging lotus flower - like lamp. All the other hanging lamps were very modern.



  29. Roof of prayers

    Snapshot Title: Roof of prayers
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa Temple main courtyard in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The lighting and space massing were truly compelling when I stood below this roof of prayers hung from paper globes.



  30. Electric car

    Snapshot Title: Electric car
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Persian Dinner
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Yes, that's a RAV4-ev electric car in Pennsylvania (2002 model year)



  31. Nice temperature

    Snapshot Title: Nice temperature
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Shangi La Resort Pelican Lake Orr MN
    Image Owner: Daniel Clancy



    Description:

    A very pleasant 65 Degrees in northern Minnesota today.



  32. double-triplet clones

    Snapshot Title: double-triplet clones
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Shangi La Resort Pelican Lake Orr MN
    Image Owner: Daniel Clancy



    Description:

    This may be our first staged cloning on Gigapan. Each of the girls appears at least 3 times in the panorama!



  33. Monk Mural

    Snapshot Title: Monk Mural
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Bongeunsa Temple pathway in Seoul
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    A series of murals on the side of this entrance temple depict making flower, going on pilgrimage, fishing, et cetera.



  34. Open windows

    Snapshot Title: Open windows
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Air conditioning is used far more sparingly in Seoul than in the US cities; this modern building has windows open in 90 F degree heat.



  35. Intersection subway

    Snapshot Title: Intersection subway
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    In large intersections there are no crosswalks; you always cross using a pedestrian subway.



  36. LG Tower

    Snapshot Title: LG Tower
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    One of LG's very new-looking skyscrapers in Seoul



  37. Teheran in Seoul

    Snapshot Title: Teheran in Seoul
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    This street was renamed Teheran in honor of a state visit between Korea and Iran



  38. Yahoo in Korea

    Snapshot Title: Yahoo in Korea
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    Yahoo headquarters in Seoul, Korea



  39. Steel and television

    Snapshot Title: Steel and television
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    The Posco building has much steel cabling. You can just make out a television tube in this shot.



  40. Posco Art

    Snapshot Title: Posco Art
    Taken by: Illah Nourbakhsh

    Image: Korea Posco
    Image Owner: Illah Nourbakhsh



    Description:

    There is a Korean law requiring all the buildings to have public art in front of them. This piece has caused some controversy.



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