Christmas in Korea

A back post today, but considering the weather in some parts of the world it’s not completely off topic!

My first white Christmas, showing the train ride from Busan (부산) to Daejeon (대전) in South Korea on Christmas Day 2012.
Music: “White Christms” by Rigger (Otis Brown) *free download* https://soundcloud.com/riggermusic. | https://www.facebook.com/riggermusic
Shot using a Gopro Hero2

Filmed on the Mugunghwa (무궁화호) ‘slow’ train in South Korea, the cheaper but slower option to the KTX. From Busan station (the main station in Busan) to Daejeon station the trip was 3.5 hours, and cost around US$18. This train is much cheaper than the KTX if time isn’t of the essence, especially if you have some good company for the trip.

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Beijing, China

The regal capital of the People’s Republic of China suits the icy grip of winter, a season that seems to bring the riddled history and fortified architecture of Beijing into sharp relief.

The journey toward the center of this grid-like city is much easier today than it was a few centuries ago, with the rigid square structure designed in such a way as to be nothing more than a series of gates. As such, you could quickly find out your social standing if you tried to make your journey to the Forbidden City, situated in the very middle.

At present, however, the area is a haven for hostels and great experiences of the city, ranging from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden Palace, and a few notorious Hutongs (alleyways) thrown in for good measure. For a more contemporary side to this metropolitan powerhouse, head towards the 798 Art District in the North East of the city,

Cinematography and Editing:
Craig Groenewald

Music:
Inspired and the Sleep, “Sink”

Equipment:
GoPro Hero 2
Adobe CS6 (Camera Raw, Bridge, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects)

Great Wall, China

Roughly an hour by bus from the center of Beijing stretches one of the largest man made structures on Earth. The Great Wall of China is a fitting symbol for a country that in many ways has not eroded despite the onslaught of millenia, and is a place that is definitely worth the visit.

The journey to the Wall is fairly straightforward, and there are a few well advertised packages that will take you and your group to certain Sections of the Wall. I would recommend visiting the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall in winter (December-February), as it is a little quieter in the winter season.

Cinematography and Editing:

Craig Groenewald

Music:

Umin – Concentr – panuminium mix (featuring Matthew Shelton on Array Mbira)

https://soundcloud.com/bad-panda-records/badpanda198

Equipment:

GoPro Hero2

Adobe CC (Adobe Brisge CS6, Illustrator CS6, Premiere Pro CS6,  After Effects CS6)

Namhae, South Korea

석가탄신일, or Buddha’s Birthday, happened to occur on a Friday this year, which meant a long weekend for most of the inhabitants of South Korea. A popular destination for the celebration was Namhae Island, located in the south of South Korea, which is where many families, as well as quite a few expatriot teachers chose to spend their Friday.

Although this clip is missing the signature Lanterns of the festival, the popular tradition of lighting fireworks during the evening was eagerly upheld.

Cinematography and Editing: Craig Groenewald
Music: Pick A Piper, All Her Colours (Sun Glitters Remix)
https://soundcloud.com/bad-panda-reco… (published under a CC Licence)
Equipment: Canon 5D Markii, GoPro Hero2, Adobe CS6

Namhae