Glover Garden and Confucius Temple/Museum

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view of Nagasaki from atop the hillside elevator to Glover Garden
We walked to Glover Gaden this morning from the hotel, since it was very close by. We aimed to go to the Oura Catholic Church, but took the wrong turn and ended up at the right place for the hillside elevator to the Glover Garden 2nd entrance, which was a better choice anyway. We had a great view of the Nagasaki Harbor below, and we started the garden from top going down. There were many old westerners' residences here, including the Glover house, which was the setting for the famous Madame Butterfly opera by Puccini. There was a statue of him and the prima donna Tamaki Miura who became world famous from her role as Madame Butterfly for many years! The garden was very beautiful, lots of flowers, fountains, some were wall fountains casading down a wall.
to the left of the previous picture
Some residences were very impressive even by today's standards. We spent several hours wandering and looking at the garden, it was a very good place to visit and a much more rewarding experience than the Atomic Bomb Museum yesterday. After visiting the garden, we came out the front entrance, and down the street which was full of shops and students (I wonder why they are not in school?) and stopped at the church for a few minutes. Then I headed to the Confucius temple and Chinese historical museum (at the same location). The museum was surprisingly upscale, with the exhibits coming from the Palace Museum in Beijing, so the pieces were first rate, and the display cases to go with them.
It was very windy at the top of the garden, and we thought at first it's due to the hilltop location, but after getting back to the hotel, I found out that our original plan of taking the Beetle ferry to Busan is not going to work tomorrow, It was too windy and the waves are too high, so we are changing our plans and will have to fly tomorrow to Busan.
sylviandavid says:
Sounds so fun and so organized.....good job!
Posted on: Jun 03, 2009
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view of Nagasaki from atop the hil…
view of Nagasaki from atop the hi…
to the left of the previous picture
to the left of the previous picture
and to the right
and to the right
the large pond at the top of Glove…
the large pond at the top of Glov…
view of bridge and harbor from the…
view of bridge and harbor from th…
an exhibit inside the Dock House
an exhibit inside the Dock House
The border markers of the Foreign …
The border markers of the Foreign…
the historic fountain
the historic fountain
Parlor inside the former Walker Ho…
Parlor inside the former Walker H…
You can get period costumes for 30…
You can get period costumes for 3…
The Fountain of Prayers next to th…
The Fountain of Prayers next to t…
Statue of Puccini
Statue of Puccini
beautiful hydrangea are the city f…
beautiful hydrangea are the city …
more hydrangea
more hydrangea
statue of Tamaki Miura of Madame B…
statue of Tamaki Miura of Madame …
kois in the fountain in front of t…
kois in the fountain in front of …
more hydrangea
more hydrangea
a wig worn by Tamaki Miura in perf…
a wig worn by Tamaki Miura in per…
close-up of a Kimono at the former…
close-up of a Kimono at the forme…
fan
fan
A living room inside the former Ri…
A living room inside the former R…
Outside the former Ringer House
Outside the former Ringer House
the front of the former Alt House
the front of the former Alt House
the stone columns at the porch of …
the stone columns at the porch of…
Walking down to the former Glover …
Walking down to the former Glover…
the front of the former Glover Hou…
the front of the former Glover Ho…
One of the heart shaped stones in …
One of the heart shaped stones in…
front of Glover House
front of Glover House
The other heart shaped stone, the …
The other heart shaped stone, the…
enjoying my ice cream float and Du…
enjoying my ice cream float and D…
toward Glover House
toward Glover House
the ships on display at the Tradit…
the ships on display at the Tradi…
arch in front of Glover House entr…
arch in front of Glover House ent…
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
ceremonial ships inside the museum
drum on a ceremonial ship inside t…
drum on a ceremonial ship inside …
a special umbrella used in the fes…
a special umbrella used in the fe…
a special umbrella used in the fes…
a special umbrella used in the fe…
a dragon
a dragon
and a lamp at the traditional perf…
and a lamp at the traditional per…
outside the new catholic church
outside the new catholic church
the new catholic church
the new catholic church
interior of the church
interior of the church
the old catholic church
the old catholic church
gate to Confucious temple
gate to Confucious temple
Confucious temple
Confucious temple
statues of 72 students of Confucio…
statues of 72 students of Confuci…
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