Photo Essay: Visiting Seoul, South Korea

by Mark Wiens on June 14, 2012 · 1 comment

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a huge, sprawling mega-city, and though it seemed intimidating at first, after spending a few days there I soon realized that the majority of the central part of the city revolves around the the Seoul N Tower on top of Namsan mountain (pictured straight ahead).

Gyeongbukgung Palace

Gyeongbukgung Palace

The Gyeongbukgung Palace is one of Seoul’s most iconic landmarks.

Originally built in the 14th century, the palace has experienced an up and down history of being destroyed and rebuilt. Now the compound is open to thousands of locals and tourists that leisurely browse and relax on the palace grounds.

Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

Seoul just wouldn’t be the same without bustling markets. The Namdaemun Market in central Seoul is one of the oldest and largest in the city.

You can buy all sorts of locally made Korean products, clothes, and there’s even an indoor section that’s full of imported foods from around the world. If you’re looking for fresh seafood you’ve got to check out the Noryangjin fish market.

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple

Directly in the center of skyrise buildings is the traditional Korean Jogyesa Buddhist Temple.

On the outside of the temple there is an ancient tree that is strung with impressively bright pink, green and blue paper lanterns.

Korean War Memorial and Museum

Korean War Memorial and Museum

To be honest, when I first showed up at the Korean War Memorial and Museum I wasn’t all that thrilled.

However after walking around and exploring the selection of real tanks and interactive military vehicles I was impressed.

Bukchon Hanok village

Bukchon Hanok village

The Bukchon Hanok village is one of the best places to take a stroll in Seoul. The traditional style village offers a chance to catch a glimpse of historical Seoul.

On one street there’s also a good selection of tempting street snacks!

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market

What would Seoul be without delicious food? It would certainly be a lot less entertaining, but we don’t have to worry, because I can assure you there’s absolutely no shortage of food in Seoul.

When I was there, my absolute favorite place for Korean food was at the Gwangjang Market.

Korean Barbecue

Korean Barbecue

For a nicer sit-down meal, nothing beats a Korean barbecue. Sitting at a table and cooking raw meat on a grill right before your nose is simply one of the joys of being in South Korea!

Myeongdong

Myeongdong

People from around the world visit Seoul with a mission to go shopping. Myeongdong is probably the most famous and most popular shopping streets in the city.

Each day countless people come to purchase cosmetics, bright colored tennis shoes and cheaper street clothing.

End of the day in Seoul, South Korea

End of the day in Seoul, South Korea

When the sun dies down, Seoul stays alive! The endless shopping, the scrumptious food and the friendly spirit of Seoul makes it a wonderful city with so much to offer!

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1 Comment

AdventureRob June 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

I’ve always wondered what there was to do in Seoul, nice to get a few ideas here (especially that military museum) as it’s not on many people’s ‘must see’ list.

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