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Fairyland

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Having had enough of the Dinosaur's Park, my friend and I came out to join the others. They were themselves having a whale of a time and why not?  Danok's Asia Cultural Village covers a wide area and has much to offer. There is a mini zoo there but I think it is closed at night. There is also a place to shop but maybe, you'd like to skip that unless you are going to be there the whole day and is putting up a night in one of the containers. Otherwise, it suffices if you just take a stroll and enjoy the cool night air. Take a stroll, enjoy a chat with your friends and get connected as you take pictures in the lanscaped garden. You'll be delighted to know that the place lights up like a fairyland at night! 4








A Walk by the Canal

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River Thames, I 've heard and why not, it being the longest river in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom. River Lea, however is another story. I'm not aware of London's second best known river until very recently. River Lea flows through East London; beginning from Leagrave, then going underneath Luton, and reappearing again and flowing down to Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City, to Hertford before changing from a small shallow river to a deep canal which then flows on to many other places among which includes Leyton. I suppose in Leyton, when we took a relaxing walk along a canal, the water must have belonged to the River Lea...  5













Art in the Street

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Often, I 've heard that a language unites a country. Strangely while North and South Korea speak the same language, that didn't prevent the Korean War from erupting in the1950s. The war resulted in many refugees flocking and settling in Busan's famed Gamcheon Culture Village, otherwise known as South Korea's Lego Village. It was drizzling when my friends and I visited the quaint little village but that didn't prevent us from exploring the steep and narrow streets and taking photographs at every nooks and cranny. There are little shops that offer Korean snacks and tidbits that you may find delight in, shops selling souvenirs, umbrellas and raincoat too if you do need them. Gamcheon's  streets are not paved with gold, but  gems do abound. An art project launched by its residents treated the streets as canvas, turning them into a haven for both  shutterbug and art buffs. Just my kind of place!
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The Temple in front of the Royal Pyre

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From Wat Thammikarat, the tuk tuk driver took us to yet another  still functioning temple, Wat Na Phra Men; translated literally into the temple in front of the royal pyre. Executed royal prisoners apparently were cremated here, hence it's name. The Buddha image here was rather special for it wears a royal attire; signifying a late Ayutthaya period; and boy, does it have a rather long name - Phra Buddha Nimitr Vichit Maramoli Sisanpeth Boromtrailokanat. Some of us who were Buddhist, paid our respect and then we all left hastily for our next destination, missing out yet another unique seated Buddha image of the Dvaravati period called Phra Khantharat, a well preserved Buddha carved out of green stone. I suppose a knowledgeable guide would always come handy in visiting ancient places like Ayutthaya...                                                                          6



Off to Olympic Park

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In Leyton, first we dropped all our belongings in our rooms, freshened up a little and our Leyton's hosts treated us to some hot cross buns. Tea was marvellous and when it ended, it was just for us to catch a bus to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The park contains among others, the athletes' Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the London Stadium and London Aquatics Centre. The park of course was built to cater for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Now that the games were over, it is open to the public. Ah Chuan, I understand, goes to the aquatic centre to swim in the Olympics-size swimming pool on weekends. The park wasn't exceptionally beautiful but it was nice to walk with friends in the cool weather and clean environment, watching the children play or the people taking a boat ride in the the River Lea. While there, you may also want to climb up the ArcelorMittal Orbit and view London from the viewing platforms or take …