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South Korea Offers Exotic Palaces, Gardens, Religious Sites, Stone Art and An Ancient Culture

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This article will trace some important cultural sites in South Korea including the palaces, gardens, mountain formations and forests.

Tourism in South Korea is on the rise, spurred by great interest in Buddhism, Confucianism, palatial structures, ancient ruins, spectacular rock formations, and some of the world’s most exotic gardens.

A visit to the famous Changdeokgung Palace would not be complete without the garden tour, with night views of the extensive flowers and rectangular roofs with the edges curved upward toward the heavens.

Children can be seen dressed in bright pastel clothing while going about the streets playing and dancing. A visit to South Korea should include a trip to the Ulsan Grand Park and Museum. The site is home to the intricate Bangudae Cliff rock formations alongside ancient ruins, the Ulsanbawi Rock formations, octagonal pagodas with carefully tiled roofs, and the famous Sinheungsa Temple. The Seoraksan National Park is the home of the grand statue of Buddha displayed amongst indigenous trees like fir, spruce, oak, cypress and walnut.

South Korea is home to Stone art, Confucian art and Buddhist sculptures and art. The Buddhist art has traces of individual and group influences as shown by the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. The Theravada emphasizes rugged individualism, self-reliance, and wisdom gained through personal experience, influences seen in artwork which shows individuals engaging in activities essentially by themselves.

The Mahayana believe that the fate of the individual is tied to the group. Accordingly, people are depicted in group activities. The Mahayana tend to be more socially conscious and liberal in outlook; whereas, the Theravada are conservative and more interested in achieving personal goals.

Students of South Korean culture are in for a rewarding travel experience viewing carefully cultivated art, religious tradition, forestry and a spectacular network of temples with the most ornate and colorful designs imaginable. With certainty, the South Korean culture is worth preserving for many years to come.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.