Non-stop rain in Seoul

It rained and rained and rained on my last day in South Korea. I searched for some indoor activity and settled on going to the National Museum of Korea. My hostel owner gave me an umbrella and I made my way to the museum by bus and metro. In the photo on the right below, … Continue reading / view photos Non-stop rain in Seoul

War Memorial of Korea

In all my time in Seoul, both before and after going to Busan, I’d stayed in this lovely hostel run by a considerate owner. It was well located, reasonably priced, close to a grocer, and had all the facilities I wanted: washing machine and dryer (both free to use), kitchen, and dining/lounge area. They even … Continue reading / view photos War Memorial of Korea

Baegundae Peak

Samgaksan is the highest mountain in the chain of mountains to the north of Seoul and consists of three high peaks named Baegundae (836m), Insubong (810m) and Mangyeongdae (787m). When people saw the mountain from a particular location, it looked like three horns. These three peaks were collectively named Samgaksan (literally ‘three-horned mountain’). You can … Continue reading / view photos Baegundae Peak

EWHA Womans University Museum, Gangnam, and Itaewon

My hostel is next to the EWHA Womans University. I’d not ventured to look at the university but today I did. There’s a small museum in the university. The campus looks like a beautiful place to study. Gangnam is now famous. It’s a large district and one of the most expensive places to live in … Continue reading / view photos EWHA Womans University Museum, Gangnam, and Itaewon

Into the future at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

After leaving Hongdae, I headed for the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It exemplifies Seoul — the most modern of cities I’d been to around the world. It looks like a spaceship and even has an alien-like figure staring at it. There’s not much in the museum or adjoining buildings but the building itself is the … Continue reading / view photos Into the future at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Hip Hongdae

Named after Hongik University, Hongdae is one of those neighbourhoods that was once cheap to live in and given a new lease of life by artists and musicians until it became impossible to ignore. Gentrification followed and the upmarket brands moved in. Despite that, the area is still known for its indie music scene, urban … Continue reading / view photos Hip Hongdae

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

After my taxi journey from the temple to Singyeongju Station, I was standing on the platform waiting for my train. At one point, I heard a train coming. By the time I’d switched on my camera and was ready to take a photo of the train, it flashed by without stopping! The KTX trains are … Continue reading / view photos Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Bukchon Hanok Village

A hanok is a traditional Korean house. Bukchon, an area of Seoul, had a whole village full of them. I went to a two-room museum which described the transition from the older to the newer hanok — and one man’s attempt to keep traditional Korean culture alive against the threat of “Japanisation”, which the occupying … Continue reading / view photos Bukchon Hanok Village

Ikseondong, Insadong, and Myeongdong

After visiting two palaces, I wanted to see two districts known for their character. Ikseondong has lots of small alley ways with cute shops. I enjoyed getting lost in the maze of restaurants and shops. Insadong struck me as the creative quarter. There were antique shops but a lot of newer art shops and galleries … Continue reading / view photos Ikseondong, Insadong, and Myeongdong

Palace day

The are five palaces in Seoul and I went to two of them today: Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung. Changdeokgung Palace was built in 1405 as the backup palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Being in the east, it balanced the primary palace (Gyeongbokgung), which was in the west. Changdeokgung was destroyed by fire during the Japanese … Continue reading / view photos Palace day