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October 20, 2009

World Peace Gate Olympic Memorial Building Close Distorted Wide Angle - Seoul, South Korea - Daily Travel Photos
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The World Peace Gate built for the 1988 Summer Olympics still stands at Olympic Park in Seoul.

I'm a realist. However desirable, lofty unattainable goals are great only for sound bites. Since world peace is so far away, I would've preferred to call this "Let's try not to stab each other so much in the vital organs" Gate. Keep the goals low and achievable. No one gets disappointed as a result. (I'm awake too late writing this. I'll likely regret my words in the near future.)

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World Peace Gate Olympic Memorial Building Sundial - Seoul, South Korea - Daily Travel Photos
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A memorial stands in front of the World Peace Gate.

Note the small spherical nob in the foreground. Unintentional but you can see my tiny reflection. Note, also, the camera and arm's shadow in the lower left. I'm doing a bit of a one-handed jobber because I didn't want to include any more shadow than necessary, particularly the silhouette from my bulbous melon.

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World Peace Gate Olympic Memorial Building Bicyclist Park - Seoul, South Korea - Daily Travel Photos
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With wing's spread out, the World Peace Gate looks ready to take flight much like South Korea in 1988.

It's widely recognized that S. Korea emerged as a world economic power around the time of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. A country the size of the US state of Illinois captured the 11th spot on the list of world GDP. A visit to Korea and you see the work ethic that made that achievement possible. I just wish they'd take a break and enjoy their accomplishments for a minute instead of rushing through a scripted life of non-stop studying and work. Just don't go as far as dumping a well-paid dot-com job for a life of roach infested hotels traveling in developing world countries, uh hmm.

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