A PICTORIAL GUIDE
From palaces and temples, which date back almost 700 years, to bustling shopping districts selling the latest in electronics and beauty accessories, Seoul is a juxtaposition in modern living…
With the country’s rich traditions and future advancements in mind, here is a pictorial guide to some of the sites and popular areas you need to visit when you’re travelling to the South Korean capital.
The entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung is the largest and argueably the most beautiful of the five palaces located in Seoul.
On any given day large crowds of local and tourists alike flock to the palace.
When I visited, it was busier than usual due to it being right in the middle of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The intricate designs of the many temples which adorns the inside the palace.
The traditional design shows the Korean’s attention to detail.
To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, many people from young and old dress up in the Hanbok. The traditional Korean dress.
The guys are also looking stylish.
…and the children as well.
A closeup of the detailed embroidery which goes into making a quality hanbok.
Just beyond the peaceful confines of the palace walls, lies the bustle of the city…
The Janggu. A traditional Korean drum.
Using a large wooden mallet, the glutinous rice is pounded to make many of Korea’s traditional rice cakes.
The N Seoul Tower sits on top of the Namsan Mountain in Seoul’s city centre.
The busy Myeongdong shopping street. Known of course for its shopping, but also an incredible place to try many of Korea’s street food.
There is also more shopping to do in Chungmuro. Known as the go to place for Korean beauty products.
The Seoullo overpass is a newly constructed bridge which adds entertainment and nature to an otherwise traffic heavy highway.
The view from the bridge, overlooking the traffic outside Seoul Station.
After the malls close for the night, the shop owners take to the streets to sell their clothes well into the early hours.
Those needing to do the “walk of shame” from the night before…take note.
Art inside the Seoul Metro Station.
Night traffic. The Gyeongbokgung Palace can be seen lit up in the distance.
The “I Seoul U” sign, along the Hangang River
If you think hotels in Seoul are too expensive, you can always just get a tent and camp out inside of Yeouido’s Hangang Park.
Kids these days…
“Look Jack! I’m Flying!”
A river cruise along the Hangang River during the golden hour.
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Museum.
Visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone, to explore the history of the tension between North and South Korea
It’s advisable to stay on the right side of the fence. Since there are still live mines littered throughout the area.
South Korean soldiers keep a watchful eye along the Northern and Southern border.
Spying on North Korea from Paju City. The closest settlement to the North Korean border. You can see the North Korean city of Kaesong from here.
PSY! Still going strong in Gangnam.
After visiting the area of Gangnam, I can only guess that “Gangnam Style” means liking designer clothes, trendy coffee and hipster bars.
So, pretty much the same as any other street in Seoul.
But if you really want to experience the Seoul nightlife, you’ll have to head to the Itaewon disctrict.
So as night falls, this is where I’ll stay and have a drink on my last day here…