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Dark Tourism - 12/24/2012
_Dracula's_Castle,_Romania_-__Known_far_and_wide_as_'Dracula's_Castle',_Bran_Castle_overlooks_a_densely_wooded_mountain_pass_in_Transylvania._I_had_long_wanted_to_visit_this_14th_century_gothic_fortress_for_myself._The_more_I_learnt_though,_the_further_the_truth_grew_from_the_fiction;_and_yet_the_true_story_of_Vlad_Dracula_is_at_times_equally_macabre._The_Dracula_Myth_In_1897_Bram_Stoker,_an_Irish_novelist_and_short_story_author,_penned_what_was_to_later_become_one_of_the_enduring_classics_of_the_horror_genre_-_Dracula_._In_his_search_for_inspiration,_he_turned_to_Romania;_a_land_rich_in_folklore_and_superstition,_combining_an_often_bloodthirsty_history_with_endless_mountains,_pine_forests,_and_a_penchant_for_gothic_castles._Stoker_became_fascinated_by_Romanian_folklore,_and_after_consulting_maps_he_eventually_decided_to_choose_a_mountain_in_the_northern_Transylvania_region_as_the_setting_for_his_novel._The_'Castle_Dracula'_in_the_book_is_situated_on_Mount_Izvorul_...



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Replied - 12/26/2012
_Kaesong,_North_Korea_-__Situated_in_the_southern_mountains_of_the_DPRK,_Kaesong_is_a_treasure_trove_of_culture_and_history._This_ancient_royal_capital_is_known_for_its_export_of_medicinal_Korean_ginseng,_for_its_countless_temples_and_tombs,_and_for_the_rich_natural_beauty_of_the_surrounding_area._Kaesong_makes_a_fascinating_destination_for_tourism_-_and_this_attractive_mountain_citadel_offers_a_real_change_of_atmosphere_after_a_visit_to_the_North_Korean_capital_of_Pyongyang_._Kaesong_City_With_a_population_just_over_300,000_inhabitants,_Kaesong_City_is_a_far_cry_from_the_nation's_capital;_in_1952_Pyongyang_was_targeted_by_the_largest_bombing_raid_of_the_Korean_War_,_a_total_of_1,400_UN_aircraft_releasing_their_warheads_over_the_city._After_the_war_Pyongyang_was_rebuilt_largely_with_Soviet_aid..._the_result_was_a_modern,_minimalist_city_displaying_rich_architectural_themes_of_Socialist_Classicism_,_and_Constructivism_bordering_on_the_Brutalist_._Kaesong_on_the...



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Replied - 01/04/2013
_The_Illuminati_Capital,_Kazakhstan_-__As_the_first_new_capital_of_the_21st_century,_the_city_of_Astana_in_Kazakhstan_has_been_received_by_many_as_a_revolution_in_social_architecture._Rising_out_of_the_barren_steppe_in_the_north_of_the_country,_this_surreal_capital_represents_the_investment_of_billions_upon_billions_of_petrodollars;_and_features_some_of_the_most_radical,_revolutionary_design_the_world_has_ever_seen._Not_everybody_is_queueing_up_to_welcome_this_city_of_the_future,_however._Critics_and_conspiracy_theorists_the_world_over_have_pointed_out_the_rich_occult_symbology_which_seems_so_deeply_ingrained_into_the_aesthetics_of_Astana..._and_many_are_heralding_this_as_the_'Illuminati_Capital_of_the_World'._Astana,_Kazakhstan_Earlier_this_year_I_spent_the_best_part_of_a_month_in_and_around_Astana._I_had_heard_nothing_about_the_Illuminati_theory_then,_and_the_city_didn't_exactly_strike_me_as_a_capital_for_the_New_World_Order._However,_there_is_certainly_something_strange_about_Astana._While_the_central_and_business_districts_have_been_laboriously_designed_by_some_of_the_most_prestigious_architects_in_the_world,_this_15-year-old_capital_is_still_seriously_lacking_in_residential_zones._Even_now,_many_government_officials_commute_by_plane_from_the_old_capital_of_Almaty...



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Replied - 12/24/2012
_Dracula's_Castle,_Romania_-__Known_far_and_wide_as_'Dracula's_Castle',_Bran_Castle_overlooks_a_densely_wooded_mountain_pass_in_Transylvania._I_had_long_wanted_to_visit_this_14th_century_gothic_fortress_for_myself._The_more_I_learnt_though,_the_further_the_truth_grew_from_the_fiction;_and_yet_the_true_story_of_Vlad_Dracula_is_at_times_equally_macabre._The_Dracula_Myth_In_1897_Bram_Stoker,_an_Irish_novelist_and_short_story_author,_penned_what_was_to_later_become_one_of_the_enduring_classics_of_the_horror_genre_-_Dracula_._In_his_search_for_inspiration,_he_turned_to_Romania;_a_land_rich_in_folklore_and_superstition,_combining_an_often_bloodthirsty_history_with_endless_mountains,_pine_forests,_and_a_penchant_for_gothic_castles._Stoker_became_fascinated_by_Romanian_folklore,_and_after_consulting_maps_he_eventually_decided_to_choose_a_mountain_in_the_northern_Transylvania_region_as_the_setting_for_his_novel._The_'Castle_Dracula'_in_the_book_is_situated_on_Mount_Izvorul_Călimanului,_not_far_from_the_former_border_with_Moldavia..._in_reality,_no_more_than_a_barren,_craggy_peak._For_many_years_the_Romanians_themselves_were_oblivious_to_the_mythology_created_by_Stoker's_cult_novel._It_wasn't_until_the_Romanian_Communist_Party_was_dissolved_in_1989_that_the_story_of_Dracula_finally_returned_home,_and_was_met_largely_with_bafflement._Nevertheless,_the_newly-democratic_Romanian_people_were_quick_to_grasp_the_concepts_of_capitalism_-_and_it_was_primarily_for_the_purposes_of_tourism_that_Bran_Castle_became_known_as_'...



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Replied - 12/26/2012
_Kaesong,_North_Korea_-__Situated_in_the_southern_mountains_of_the_DPRK,_Kaesong_is_a_treasure_trove_of_culture_and_history._This_ancient_royal_capital_is_known_for_its_export_of_medicinal_Korean_ginseng,_for_its_countless_temples_and_tombs,_and_for_the_rich_natural_beauty_of_the_surrounding_area._Kaesong_makes_a_fascinating_destination_for_tourism_-_and_this_attractive_mountain_citadel_offers_a_real_change_of_atmosphere_after_a_visit_to_the_North_Korean_capital_of_Pyongyang_._Kaesong_City_With_a_population_just_over_300,000_inhabitants,_Kaesong_City_is_a_far_cry_from_the_nation's_capital;_in_1952_Pyongyang_was_targeted_by_the_largest_bombing_raid_of_the_Korean_War_,_a_total_of_1,400_UN_aircraft_releasing_their_warheads_over_the_city._After_the_war_Pyongyang_was_rebuilt_largely_with_Soviet_aid..._the_result_was_a_modern,_minimalist_city_displaying_rich_architectural_themes_of_Socialist_Classicism_,_and_Constructivism_bordering_on_the_Brutalist_._Kaesong_on_the_other_hand_is_a_small,_and_exceedingly_green_city._This_ancient_settlement_served_as_the_capital_of_the_Koryŏ_Dynasty_(918-1392_AD),_a_kingdom_which_gave_its_name_to_modern_day_'Korea'._During_this_time_the_city_was_known_as_Songdo.*_Nowadays_Kaesong_is_the_regional_capital_of_the_North_Hwanghae_Province,_and_one_of_a_handful_of_destinations_that_have_been_approved_for_foreign_visitors._Tourism_here_feels_much_more_relaxed_than_it_does_in_the_capital;_and_while_in_Pyongyang_you're_surrounded_by_perpetual_reminders_of_the_nation's_politics_(in...



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Replied - 01/04/2013
_The_Illuminati_Capital,_Kazakhstan_-__As_the_first_new_capital_of_the_21st_century,_the_city_of_Astana_in_Kazakhstan_has_been_received_by_many_as_a_revolution_in_social_architecture._Rising_out_of_the_barren_steppe_in_the_north_of_the_country,_this_surreal_capital_represents_the_investment_of_billions_upon_billions_of_petrodollars;_and_features_some_of_the_most_radical,_revolutionary_design_the_world_has_ever_seen._Not_everybody_is_queueing_up_to_welcome_this_city_of_the_future,_however._Critics_and_conspiracy_theorists_the_world_over_have_pointed_out_the_rich_occult_symbology_which_seems_so_deeply_ingrained_into_the_aesthetics_of_Astana..._and_many_are_heralding_this_as_the_'Illuminati_Capital_of_the_World'._Astana,_Kazakhstan_Earlier_this_year_I_spent_the_best_part_of_a_month_in_and_around_Astana._I_had_heard_nothing_about_the_Illuminati_theory_then,_and_the_city_didn't_exactly_strike_me_as_a_capital_for_the_New_World_Order._However,_there_is_certainly_something_strange_about_Astana._While_the_central_and_business_districts_have_been_laboriously_designed_by_some_of_the_most_prestigious_architects_in_the_world,_this_15-year-old_capital_is_still_seriously_lacking_in_residential_zones._Even_now,_many_government_officials_commute_by_plane_from_the_old_capital_of_Almaty._The_result_is_the_most_elaborately_futuristic_ghost_town_you_could_imagine_-_and_feels_like_walking_onto_the_abandoned_set_for_a_1970s_sci-fi_film._The_rich_symbolism_and_peculiar_structural_design_of_Astana_do_raise_certain_questions..._questions_...



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