Thursday, June 13, 2019

Seoul: Odds and Ends

We spent 6 hours in Seoul back in Oct 1999, almost 20 years ago, during a long layover at Kimpo (now Gimpo) Airport. Since US citizens do not need a visa to enter South Korea, we entered the country, got a map from the information kiosk and Korean won from the ATM, rode the metro to downtown, and visited Gyeongbok Palace.

This time, we booked ourselves into a guesthouse near the Insadong district for 7 nights - the Insadong R Guesthouse. Here's the view from our room window.
View from our guesthouse - Seoul, South Korea

This is the last post on Seoul. Below are some photos of events and outings that did not make it into the previous posts.

The Lotte Tower as seen from the bus window as we head to the Seoul East bus station.
Seoul, South Korea

Catching the Metro from Seoul East to our guesthouse.
Seoul, South Korea

Near our guesthouse.
Seoul, South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Showroom near our guesthouse.
Seoul, South Korea

Demonstration.
Seoul, South Korea

Street Food.
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Recreation area at night.
Seoul, South Korea

Busking Drummer.
Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbok Palace.
Gyeongbok Gung (Palace) - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbok Gung (Palace) - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon: MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Seoul, South Korea

MMCA Installation.
MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Seoul, South Korea

Pietà
Pietà - Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Secret Garden - Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Secret Garden - Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Secret Garden - Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Secret Garden - Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Changgyeong Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

The Conservatory at Changgyeong Palace
Conservatory - Changgyeonggung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon Hanok Village, an area of traditional houses, is located between Gyeongbok and Cheondok palaces. Some of its streets are literally overrun with tourists.
Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

Talk in Whispers - Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon - Seoul, South Korea

The free National Museum was very cool. Among our favs were the Buddhist Art and Architecture displays, especially the video showing 3D reconstruction and visualization of Seokguram Grotto.
National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) - Seoul, South Korea

National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) - Seoul, South Korea

Pagoda - National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) - Seoul, South Korea

National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) - Seoul, South Korea

Uigwe (의궤) - National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) - Seoul, South Korea

The Elevated Highway near Seoul Station has been turned into an Elevated Park, complete with public pianos. I was happy to get a bit of applause when I finished my impromptu performance. ;-)
Seoul, South Korea

I Entertain - Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

We did not make it to the Great Southern Gate on our walk along the Seoul City Wall, but it's near Seoul Station. So here's my long lens shot from 2019.
Great Southern Gate - Seoul, South Korea

Here's my father's close-up from 1954.

Old Seoul Station in 2019.
Seoul Station - Seoul, South Korea

In 1954

City Hall in 2019
City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

In 1954.

There was a Parade! forming when we stopped by Seoul Plaza.
near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

near City Hall - Seoul, South Korea

Myeongdong food stalls.
Myeongdong (명동) - Seoul, South Korea





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