Wednesday, February 20, 2013

There is Rock in Korea

I didn’t hear much about the rock scene in Korea until I watched the show ‘Rock on Korea’ on Arirang. Initially all I thought was that there is no rock, no metal in Korea. But there is rock in Korea!

It’s not that only K-Pop exists in Korea, in fact the evolution of K-Kop was triggered by the Korean rock bands of 1950’s. After the World War II, the rock music in Korea started. 

The band members are old now, they hardly sing, but they listen to the modern rock music though. They were the talented guys, they learned themselves, they played for the 8th US Army, they were the starters and they were the legends of rock and K-pop in Korea. 

In 1950’s they were so famous in Korea just like the Big Bang is now.  They loved to play the music by Santana and The Beatles. They are the ‘4 Add’,  'Shin Jung-hyoen' and the other band members. 

  Shin Jung-hyoen  (Photo Courtesy:
The 8th US Army in Korea was the main audience to the rock music played by the Koreans. Those armies encouraged the rock music players, where they released various albums. The albums would mostly certainly contain blend of Korean traditional and western rock music. 

The bands were so perfect that even if those band members play together with Elvis Presley, they would make no mistake.  That was the standard of rock scenario in 1950’s. 

The younger generations tend to sing those old rock hits to the taste of modern rock music. They maintain their ancestry and try to reach those songs to the modern Korea. There are now many rock and metal bands, they rock the Koreans as K-Pop does globally.  

The rock music in Korea has come a long way now and it gave birth to different genres like K-Pop. It all started with the US in Korea and now the Koreans rock US and the world with the Gangnam Style. 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Dordenma statue is located on the hilltop of Kuensel Phodrang in Thimphu, Bhutan overlooking the South Thimphu. The statue measuring 169 feet (51.5 meters) once completed, is supposed to be the one of the worlds largest Buddha statue. The place has become popular among the Thimphu residents.

The statue covered with snow looks stunningly beautiful. Here are some of the still pictures photographed on 17th February, 2013.

View from far-south Thimphu city

Side view
Amid fairly distributed mist

Buddha Dordenma symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace and happiness in the entire world.

This is not Buddha Dordenma! It's a stupa (Chhorten) built in 1974 in the memory of the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan.

Palm in the Snow - Rare Combination

Thimphu was taken by surprise! Thimphu city experienced a very heavy snowfall on 17th February, 2013 after a very long time. This was the second snowfall in Thimphu, the first snowfall wasn't thick enough. The snowfall did the effect, the scenic beauty of the city was mesmerizing.
 Whats taken my interest was the Palm in the snow. I have never seen it before although I got to explore more.

Trachycarpus fortunei Fan Palm, Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang, Thimphu. 18th Feb, 2013

Fan Palm.  It is often rare to see sub-tropical palms growing in the snow but the Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang has it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Baby Banana - An Insight

The insight of Banana flower; each of those yellow buds grow into a Banana fruit.
These are the fresh sprouting Banana buds ...

... and here's the Banana, a little baby Banana; he is the eldest of the these siblings.

 Soon, he will be visiting someone's stomach! 

Musa paradisiaca, Bongo, 07-02-2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Fruits of Helicia nilagirica

Fruits of Helicia nelagirica, 08-02-2013. Bongo.

The vertical cut section of the fruit. Purplish color inside.

Few dominant plants of Bongo, Bhutan

Agapetes bhutanica

Caryopteris bicolor

Combretum fruticosum

Maesa chisa
The photographs were taken on 8th February, 2013 at Bongo, Chhukha.


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