Since the beginning of 2020 (late 2019), humanity has faced a challenging threat to it's very existence in the form of the novel Corona-virus that has become a global pandemic. Due to the rampant spread of this disease, countries across the planet have had to put forth stringent measures, in order to decrease the number of casualties. Many countries have called for a national 'lockdown' for an extended period of time, shutting off almost all social joints and meeting spots including schools and colleges.
Now finding myself in what happens to be the 3rd month of the covid-19 induced lockdown in my home country, I seem to be running out of ideas, as to how to keep myself occupied and not simply let everything become a chore. Therefore, in order to give myself a change of scenery, while also obeying the corona induced restrictions, I've decided to tour across the world and that too for free! Within the comforts of my own home!
I'm talking about Virtual touring, which is a relatively old concept but really useful in these unprecedented times. A Virtual tour requires the internet and allows one to visit famous places of attraction by viewing them on the screen. These tours provide a 360° view of the entire space. The viewer can navigate the tour by using navigation pointers that are displayed on the screen or by simply moving the device in different directions. It's a free service available on most online platforms.
There are many virtual tours available online that give you a 360° view of popular museums and famous spots around the world. These tours can be found online on Google, Naver and the particular sites of the place one wishes to tour. I used Google and my first tour was in Gwacheon, South Korea at one of the four museums that come under the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. This virtual tour provided not just the view but also gave descriptions of various artworks present in the Museum.
There are many other tours available such as the Gwacheon National Science Museum, Gyeonggi Children's Museum, Gyeongju National Museum to name a few. Apart from Museum visits, there are also online exhibits available that give a detailed view of certain attractions. For example, at the Gyeongju National Museum, online exhibits such as The bell of King Seongdeok the great, which is believed to be one of the most exquisite among all the extant bells in Korea, and the Buddhist Art of Silla are some of the beautiful online exhibits available.
These virtual tours, apart from being cost-effective, are comfortable to use, once you get the hang of it. These are not only entertaining but also informative and interactive. Through virtual tours, one can visit places far and wide, any day and anytime!
After touring "virtually", now I want to personally visit all these places of attraction. I hope the situation gets better soon. Until then, Virtual touring is the next best thing!