Saturday, 18 October 2014

N Seoul Tower (N서울타워에) - Korea

Namsan Seoul Tower was one of my must sees, as I enjoy taking in the view of the whole city from up high.

N Seoul Tower is built on Namsan mountain and towers 479.7m/1.574ft. I was lucky to have a clear day to take some amazing shots. Due to the haze, I feared that the city's glory might not be captured, however I think you can see. ^__^

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The N Seoul Tower spotted from the Myeong-dong area.
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I took the Seoul City Tour bus. For only 12000 Wan (about $12), I found it a very inexpensive way to explore the city. It takes you to all of the major tourist hotspots and offers an audio guide in English and a few other languages.
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These locks are appearing everywhere!
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Isn't the bear cute?
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Seoul is surrounded by mountains.

The iPhone 5S camera can take some pretty decent photos, don't you think?


Friday, 17 October 2014

Insadong 인사동 - Seoul, Korea

I stumbled upon this popular tourist destination via Google, as it was beyond me where to find postcards. Normally, any major city will sell post cards just about anywhere. Not Seoul though, you have to go to a particular area for that.

Insadong has one street filled with one souvenir shop after another. This is the best place to find various souvenirs and postcards. Postcards can be purchased in a pack of about 18, and only cost 5000 wan (so about $5). That's inexpensive if you ask me.

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My advice, don't buy anything at the first shop you see. Shop around as some shops are considerably cheaper than others.
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Here, all of the shops were labeled in Korean. I had to look twice to realise it was a Starbucks. ^^

Insadong is near Bukchon Hanok village, therefore I went there directly after. However, after all the walking I was quite tired and didn't have the patience to look around too much after I had finally gotten my postcards. ^__^




Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bukchon Hanok Village - Seoul, Korea

Seoul is a versatile place, as it offers many different sites. One place definitely worth visiting is Bukchon Hanok Village, a place filled with traditional housing called 'hanok'. The great thing is, not only is this village traditional, but also a residential area. Of course, many of the places have been turned into cafes, tea houses and the like.

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Changdeokgung Palace - Sadly, it's closed on Mondays, the day I so happened to be there. It was still pretty from the outside though.

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Quaint little cafes were scattered all about the place.
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It was hard trying to avoid having cars in the pictures, since they were parked everywhere. As I mentioned, it is a residential area. It's still a strange feeling seeing these modern cars parked in front of these traditional buildings.
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Breathtaking view.
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This was probably the highlight of my visit in Seoul. I found it a nice walk with many sights to take in. It gave an insight to the past, and what it must have been like to live in Seoul back then.

Have you ever been to a traditional village? 




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Local Park in Cheongyang, Korea

There is a pretty park in Cheongyang, and when I saw it, I wished I had packed my running shoes...

Walking is just as good though, and a beautiful walk it was!

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On the way to the park. These tractors were commonplace.
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I wonder how long this poor guy had to stay in there... I've seen a few of these set ups sadly... Not much space to move around.
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Alas, the park!
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Work out station! Reminds me of Zurich, where on certain running tracks there are work out spots situated along the way. Nice way to keep fit. I had felt the sudden pang to work out, but then I realised that I had been walking, and still would be walking miles the next few days. ^__^
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Yet another one up ahead.
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I don't mind bugs, as long as they stay outside, and away from me.
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I enjoy strolling though parks, do you?