CopenhagenI was born and raised in Korea and came to the United States in 1954 after high-school graduation. During my time, Korea was a predominantly agricultural country, and farmers constituted 80% of the population. I heard about Denmark as an advanced agricultural country. I still remember a quotation from a Danish poet saying "God gave us the empty land as his best gift." There are many Christians in Korea, and I heard about Soren Kierkegaard as an influential theologian.
- During the Korean War (1950-53), Denmark sent to Korea a first-class
hospital ship with 300 beds. The ship was called
Jutlandia. I was once on that ship and became impressed.
How did I get on the ship? My uncle got his PhD degree from Northwestern University (north of Chicago) in 1933, and became a big shot among Korean medical doctors after Americans came to Korea in 1945. He had to pay a courtesy vivit to this floating hospital, and I accompanied him. My uncle was 15 years older than my father, and he was like a grandfather to me.
These days, everybody in Denmark learns about this hospital ship from the history class. They become impressed when I tell them I was on their ship.
- In 2010, sixty years later, I was in Copenhagen and was attracted by
loud music from their city hall square. The Hyundai car company was
hosting a rock concert to advertize their Korean cars. This is
one of the two cars the company was
showing off at the square.
I was very happy to see this scene, because
Koreans could make only oxcarts in 1950 when Denmark sent
the first-class hospital ship Jutlandia to Korea.
Mahogany cabinet in my house.
It came from Denmark.
- In 1959, while I was a graduate student, Charlie Misner came back from
Denmark after spending two years at the Niels Bohr Institute. He came
with a Danish wife. I was envious. How could I pick up a Danish girl?
When I got married and bought a house, I had to furnish my house. I bought many items from Denmark. My dining table and chairs were made in Denmark. My living room sofa, dining room cabinet, and coffee table in my recreation room are all from Denmark.
These days, I go to Copenhagen fairly often, and take photos whenever I see interesting places and events. I also meet many interesting people. Let us see some of those photos.
Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport is a convenient stop-over place in
Europe. If you wish to go to Copenhagen, you should get off here.
There are also many connecting flights.
- The Hilton Copenhagen Airport is a nice place to stay. Its bedrooms are furnished in Danish style.
- The Dining Room
serves rich and healthy items. You can tell you are in an
exemplary agricultural country. When I was there in 2004, the
dining room hostess was quite knowledgeable about the Washington are
where I live. She spent ten years working at one of the Hiltons
in Washington. I had a photo with her.
- Airline Ladies brighten hotel lobbies. Since this Hilton is so close to the airport, many airline crews stay there. I was fortunate enough to have a photo with these KLM ladies (2006).
- Korean Tourists. I become very happy whenever I meet Korean tourists. Korea was a one of the poorest countries when I left in 1954, but these days, Koreans are spending their vacations in Europe and North America. Koreans like to stay at Hilton hotels.
- To Sweden.
From this airport, we can take an east-ward train going directly to Sweden
across a long bridge. There are many windmills planted in the sea.
- To Copenhagen. We can take a westward train to reach the Copenhagen Central Station.
- Trains coming to the Central Station and a view of the city. This photo was taken from the 15th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel across the street from the Central Station.
- Tivoli Gardens
is next to the central railroad station. This is an amusement park for
the people of all ages. I have been there twice, and took a number of
- Northern Entrance to the Tivoli.
- Chinese Pavilion.
- Boat-riding Pond.
- Comedians, and another set of Comedians. They should entertain those who do not understand Danish language. They seem to speak their bodily language very well.
- Enchanted Children and Parents. They are all happy.
- Light Classical Music.
- Students of All Ages, from different countries.
- Copenhagen's City Hall has its
but many interesting events take place at the city hall plaza.
- For Freedom. I asked one of of these picket holders what they are for or against. She said the city of Copenhagen does not give enough freedom to new immigrants. I had a photo with her. She said all men and women should be treated equally.
- Bodily Language. These people are expressing their views uing bodily language. Here is another scene.
- Vikings! I asked these Vikings what they are for. They are supporting the Danish footabll team at an international match. Here is another group of football enthusiasts.
- Entrance to Fredericksburg Street
of the Latin Quarter, Copenhagen's main shopping district.
- One of the non-American Burger Shops.
- She is showing off her talent.
- Korean Tourists in one of the gift shops. They are engineers working for Samsung. I become very happy when I meet Korean tourists in Europe.
- Two Danish Students in Copenhagen. They were kind enough to ask me to sit next to their table at a sidewalk cafe (2006).
- This Ukrainian Lady is happy
because I bought some items from her amber shop on this street.
- If keep walking toward east, you will be at an open plaza, where many interesting events take place. I had this photo with two Danish ladies, while others are watching an interesting show (2002).
- The Original Campus of the
University of Copenhagen is also in the Latin Quarter. This site is
largely symbolic. Most of the university's teaching and research activities
are taking place at many modern facilities throughout the city.
- Our Lady's Church is next
to the University. This oldest church in Denmark is called
the National Cathedral of Denmark.
- Another view of the Church.
- Interior of the Church.
- The Obelisk on the Church Yard tells thus church once played a powerful role in Denmark.
- Near the University and the Church, there are many classy
- Italian restaurant.
- Jensen's Beef House. Danish ham known to be delicious. How about Danish beef? Great! I had a steak dinner inside this beef house.
- There are many Amber Stores.
Ambers are collected from Copenhagen's Baltic coasts.
- This store (since 1933) is now on the first floor of this shiny structure built at the same location.
- These sales ladies
allowed me to photograph them.
- This Amber Museum contains a collection of jewelries once owned by a wealthy family. This is the entrance to the museum.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote many enchanting stories for
young people. His stories are also educational.
- Photo with Andersen. It was a pleasure to have a photo with this famous man in Copenhagen.
- Also with Ms. Copenhagen
- Delicious Fruits and Vegetables are expected from this agricultural country.
- Danish Pastry in Denmark. There are many Danish pastry shops in the United States, but the shop in Copenhagen was special to me.
- Rosenborg Park.
Denmark is known as a garden state. This park is located at the
center of Copenhagen.
- Nice Place to walk around.
- The Rosenborg Castle enhances the park environment.
- Click here for a brief his history of this Castle.
- Copenhagen's Dockside
is also a very nice place where people can relax. There are
many cafes and restaurants.
- These young people are expressing their views at one of the dining places.
- Dockside Houses. There are many beautiful houses. One of these houses (red one) was once owned by Hans Christian Andersen.
- Lakes and Bikes.
The land is flat in Copenhagen. There are four man-made
lakes and millions of bikes. Lakesides serve as parks.
- Swans in one of the lakes.
- Bottom of the Lake. The water is clean enough for us to see the bottoem. The bottom is flat telling the lake is man-made like a bath tub.
- Bicyles in the parking area.
- The Bicyle Lane is dssignated on all the streets. You will be ticketed if you walk along this provillaged lane.
- This lady is in hurry along the absolutely flat lakeside bike lane.
- Independence Day of the Philippines.
I met these two Philipino ladies at a drinking room in Copenhagen's
Marriott Hotel where I stayed in 2002. They told me they were making preparations
for the celebration of their country's independence day on the 12th day of June.
They then invited me to the celebration. At that time, I was going to Sweden
for a conference and was going to come back to Copenhagen a week later. I
thus accepted their invitation, and went to the party.
- Traditional Dance of the Philippines.
- Another Dance Scene.
- My photo with a Philipino lady with her traditional dress.
- Another Photo. I always wanted to meet Philipino ladies with their winged dresses. I was very happy.
- McDonald's and
- Audrey Hepburn was born in England, but she represents the United States throughout the world.
- Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken in front of the City Hall.
- New Yorker. I saw another New Yorker store in Riga (Latvia), but I have not seen this store in New York. In either case, this is an American influence.
- Seven and Eleven at the Central Railroad Station.
- To Las Vegas. These young men are heading to the United States for vacation. They are going to Las Vegas. They expect to make money there to pay for their local expenses. An American dream!
- Almighty U.S. Dollars.
- I have many more photos from Copenhagen. I enjoy meeting people wherever
I go. Please come again.
- Click here for Niels Bohr.
- copyright@2014 by Y. S. Kim, unless otherwise specified. The photos of
the National Cathedral of Denmark are from the public domain.
Click here for his home page.
- The photo of Planck and Einstein is from Wikipedia for "fair use" according to U.S. copyright law. The photo of Einstein on bike is from the public domain.
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