I visited Seoul, South Korea while living and working in Shanghai. It was a short five days trip, so we made Seoul our base and travelled around the country.
Seoul is the largest city in South Korea as well as the political and economic capital. The city is home to 12 million people, and the metropolitan area has 26 million, which is just over half of the country’s population. Seoul has a history dating back to the 14th century, originally named Hanseong, the city was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1910, and remained the capital of Korea during the period of Japanese colonial rule, under the name Gyeongseong, or Keijo in Japanese.
Photos below are from various neighborhoods of Seoul.
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a major urban development with a distinctively neo-futuristic design, which is located at the center of the Dongdaemun area. The DDP is the most iconic landmark of the Korean design industry,
Bukchon Hanok Village, a Korean traditional village, was the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok (traditional Korean house) and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment of Seoul. It is located on the top of a hill north of Cheonggye Stream and Jongno, hence named Bukchon, which means north village.
Hongdae region is known for its urban arts and indie music culture, local shops, clubs and entertainment. There are many graffiti murals painted all over the streets of Hongdae. One of the well known areas for these murals is Hongdae Mural Street (also known as ‘Picasso’s Street’). a Must visit place, if you ever visit Seoul.
Seoul is a food lovers paradise. Whether you’re enjoying a simple street food, a snack or devouring a traditional South Korean meal, food in Seoul is steeped in flavor. Photos below are of some of the food we enjoyed in Seoul
I created separate posts for Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple, two of the popular tourist spots in Seoul; click on pictures below to read stories and view photos from my visit.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...