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Seoul Sparkles At Night


It’s truly a “miracle” that Seoul, South Korea looks the way it does today: following the destruction brought on by the Korean War, the “Miracle on the Han River” catapulted the country and sprawling capital city into its present status as a global economic powerhouse.

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Inside The Shining Hotel: Real-Life Photos, Facts, And Fear

The Shining Hotel Maze

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In October 1974, ascendant horror writer Stephen King and his wife spent a night in a cavernous old hotel at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. With the winter barrage of snow and cold looming, the hotel was about to close for the season, leaving King and his wife as its sole guests. After eating in a grand yet empty dining room – with the chairs up on every table except his – and walking through the endless empty hallways, a new novel began to take shape in King’s mind.

That night, King had a terrifying dream about his son being chased through the hotel’s halls by a fire hose, and immediately after, he knew he had to write. “I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies,” he later said, “and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”

That book, The Shining, introduced that hotel, the Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado, to an entirely new generation. Soon, this faded remnant of early 20th century high life was reborn as “The Shining hotel.” Once you step inside the Stanley, you realize just how much life both does and does not imitate art:

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National Geographic Announces The Winners Of Its 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Whale

“Whale Whisperers” by Anuar Patjane Floriuk. Says Floriuk, “Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.”

Our favorite time of the year is here at last. This week, National Geographic presented the winners of the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest to the world, and we’ve been ogling ever since.

This year, National Geographic staff had to sift through over 17,000 submissions in order to select the lucky photographer who would win the competition and receive the grand prize, an eight-day expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama canal. The winning photo is presented above. Below are the remaining National Geographic top picks. Enjoy!

Second Place Winner: “Gravel Workmen,” Faisal Azim

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Bangladesh

“[This] gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.” – Faisal Azim

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What Childhood Looks Like In Eastern Congo

“This is my fucking crew,” begins Manu Bahiti “Patient” Jean Christophe, a little boy-turned-gangster growing up in the Eastern Congo.

Decades of conflict have exposed Congolese children to violence and hardship from a very young age, and their ensuing pastimes and means of association–such as smoking, drinking and forming street gangs–are bound to differ dramatically from the childhood memories of most.

Theo Anthony follows the lives of three street kids–“Patient,” Guillain and David–through one of the world’s most troubled regions in this award winning–and challenging–documentary, “Chop My Money.”

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