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Henry David Thoreau’s book “Walden,” written by the author Henry David Thoreau, is considered a must-read and is often listed as essential reading, especially for college students. Personally, I first encountered this book during my college years. There was a course at Sungkyunkwan University’s Department of English Literature called “Understanding Ecological Literature,” and it was through that course that I ...

Danghyeoncheon is a local river in Seoul, originating from Suraksan in Nowon-gu, flowing into Jungnangcheon. It is situated on the border between Sanggye and Junggye, with Sanggye Station located just above the river. The name originates from Danggo Hill, and when written in Chinese characters, it becomes Danghyeon. It was a small stream before urban development, and part of the ...

On the third day of our Tokyo trip, we had a reservation to visit the “Ghibli Museum” in Mitaka in the afternoon. Thanks to prior research before the trip, we were able to smoothly make a reservation for the Ghibli Museum, and we decided to visit at 2 p.m. The Ghibli Museum is located somewhat away from the heart of ...

Along the Han River, which runs through Seoul, various parks have been created. Among them, Yeouido Hangang Park stands out as one of the most famous Han River parks. Situated right by the riverside, Yeouido Hangang Park is adjacent to two of Seoul’s three major downtown areas, Hanyang Fortress and Yeouido. It attracts overwhelming numbers of visitors compared to other ...

In the western part of Kyoto City, you can find the famous tourist destination called Arashiyama. This area is characterized by the wide expanse between the Hozugawa Gorge created by the Arashiyama and Itago Mountains and the Katsura River flowing through it. Above the Katsura River, you can find a bridge named Togetsukyo, which is known as the “Moon Crossing ...

Near the Torokko Arashiyama Station in Kyoto’s Arashiyama, you can find a small pond. Known as “Ogurai Pond (Oguraike),” this is a modest pond that you may encounter on your way to take or disembark from the Torokko Train. “A Small Pond in Kyoto’s Arashiyama, Oguraike” In reality, it’s not a particularly noteworthy place, especially when compared to the bamboo ...

In the western part of Kyoto, you can find the area known as Arashiyama, a well-known tourist destination in Kyoto. It exudes a tranquil atmosphere with a charming rural vibe, making it a popular spot. “Arashiyama Park and Togetsukyo Bridge, the Start of the Journey” After taking a bus, we arrived in Arashiyama and disembarked in front of the park. ...

East of the Osaka Municipal Art Museum, you can find a small garden known as “Keitakuen Garden.” It features a traditional Japanese-style stroll garden with a nostalgic ambiance. This garden is renowned as the creation of “Ogawa Jihei,” a gardener who represented seven generations from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras. The garden holds historical significance as it was donated ...

In Korea, we have Tapgol Park as the first Western-style park. Initially known as Pagoda Park, it later became Tapgol Park. Japan also boasts its first Western-style park, and it can be found in the heart of Tokyo. Hibiya Park, the pioneer Western-style park, opened its gates in 1903. “Hibiya Park, a 10-Minute Walk from Tokyo’s Ginza” Situated approximately a ...

Amidst the global attention received during the North Korea–United States summit held on Sentosa Island, Singapore, this island stands out as a premier resort destination, encompassing approximately one-third of the entire area with resorts, hotels, and amusement parks, allowing visitors to appreciate Singapore’s coastal landscapes. Palawan Beach in Singapore While both Siloso and Palawan beaches beckon exploration, time constraints led ...

In the western outskirts of Singapore, in the region known as “Jurong,” there lies “Asia’s Largest Avian Park.” Spanning a whopping 200,000 square meters, Jurong Bird Park, established in 1971, is a bird sanctuary showcasing over 5,000 birds of 400 species gathered from around the world. A Park Offering Close Encounters with Diverse Birds At Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, ...

Situated in the western part of Singapore, the Jurong area is quite distant from the city center, providing a scenic contrast to urban landscapes. Despite being a city-state, Singapore boasts nature-friendly parks and zoos. Jurong Bird Park stands out as a unique and special nature-centric park in Singapore. “Asia’s Largest Avian Park – Jurong Bird Park” Located west of Singapore’s ...