Seoul

As promised, here comes my post about Seoul!

Why did I not write anything about Seoul yet? Well, to be honest, I didn’t know where to start. Seoul is huuggee and you can see this amazing contrast between traditional Korea (palasts, temples etc.) and one of the most modern cities in the word with skyscrapers and class complexes.

Seoul is so full of people, it’s unbelieveable. When I talk to Koreans, most of them tell me that they either live in Seoul or WANT to live in Seoul.

The number one thing to do in Seoul? Shopping. There are a zillion of markets, shopping malls and shopping streets in Seoul. Anything you can imagine, you will find: cute little markets, underground markets, huge modern shopping complexes etc. And believe it or not, they even sell waterproof umbrellas 😀

The number two thing to do in Seoul – sightseeing.

These are the main sights I have seen so far (for this part I am taking the help of my “lonely planet” 😉 ) :

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace: As far as I know Gyeongbokgung Palace, translated as ‘Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven’ is the biggest Palace in Seoul. The palace buildings and gardens are impressive, there is also an artificial lake with pavillions overlooking it.
  • Dongdaemun Gate: Built in 1869, it used to serve as the Great Eastern Gate of the Seoul fortress. I saw it when it was illuminated at night.
  • Cheong-Gye-Cheon: A stream that runs through the center of Northern Seoul with cute little footbridges, waterfalls and artwork.
  • City Hall & Seoul Plaza: The Seoul City Hall, only completed in 2011, is an amazing piece of architecture with a cresting wave facade of glass. Seoul Plaza is a big space in front of City Hall were many performances are held.
  • World Cup Stadium
  • Enwha Woman’s University: Has a beautiful campus and great architectures.
  • The Blue House: The Korean government builing (like the White House).

To get e a better picture, look at my images which I tried to label properly this time.

Other than that, it is interesting to discover the different suburbs of Seoul; for example Hongdae, the studen’s area, Itaewon, the foreigner’s area or Gangnam, the rich suburb.

I hope you have a better picture about South Korea’s thriving capital. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 🙂

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Autumn

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Hello you out out there!
I haven’t posted anything for a while, having been busy with midterm exams etc. So, what has happened within the last month? Autumn has happened!! And I can defininetely say that autumn is the best season here! At least from what I have seen so far.

About a month ago, when the leaves were JUST starting to change colour, one of my professors invited me and some others to visit some great sights in and around Daejeon, the city I live in. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was much to see around here that I hadn’t seen already.  And I have to say, I was impressed!

First he (his name is Mr. Kim – most common name in Korea!) took us to a dam. Here some pictures:

Afterwards he took us to a Korean village, where traditional Korean houses had been rebuilt. On these photos you can see that some trees are beginning to change colour 🙂

One the following pictures you can see some autumn-colours on my uni campus (sorry if I am exxagerating with this autumn-business 😉 ). There was a rose blooming, in November !?

Last week my Korean language class went on an excursion to an amusement park called ‘Lotte World’. We had so much fun! There was a disney-like castle, fake snow, a LOT of Christmans decorations and all kinds of fun rides and rollercoasters.

  

           

I have got to go, uploading pictures always takes so long. BUT you will hear from me soon again. I want to tell you about Seoul, South Korea’s huugge capital!

Bye for now!

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