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Seoul

Pictures by QT Luong

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[1 : Overview]
[2 : Samreung Gongwon and Jongmyo]
[3 : Changdokgung]
[4 : Gyeongbokgung]
[5 : Bukchon Hanok to Dongdaemun]
[6 : Inwangsan to Namsan]
[7 : Misc locations]
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Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a mega-city with a population of more than 10 million living in a density almost twice as high as New York. Almost entirely destroyed during the Korean War (1950-53), Seoul has recovered to be nowadays one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers. Seoul has great modern architecture (for example at the Dongdaemun design plaza), and is becoming a greener city, restoring the Cheonggyecheon river to create a urban park.

History is also still very present. Seoul is graced with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites associated with the Joseon dynasty: the royal tombs at Samreung Gongwon, the Jongmyo Shrine housing the spirit tablets, and the Changdokgung palace. At the Gyeongbokgung palace - one of the five royal palaces - the changing of the guard offers a lively pagentry. Below the modern high-rises of Seoul, there are neighborhoods of traditional homes (Hanok), and streets full of stores and food vendors. Above them, one can hike to the Namsan mountain and its N Seoul Tower, a popular dating spot, or to Inwangsan, a sacred mountain where shamanist worship continues.

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Grave mounds, tomb of King Seonjong, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jeongsa-cheong, Jongmyo royal ancestral shrine. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Bright autumn leaves and traditional architecture, Yeongyeong-dang, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Painted beams, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Injeong-jeon, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) People walking down gate, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Guards carrying flags in front of main gate, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Commander of the Gate Guard (Sumunjang), Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Alley in Bukchon Hanok Village. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Bukchon Hanok Village. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Metonymic landscape designed by Zaha Hadid, Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Man crossing Cheonggye stream. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Elderly men play game of baduk (go). Seoul, South Korea ( color) Busy food stall by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) N Seoul Tower at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Couple walking down Namsan stairs by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Sacred shamanist site of Seon-bawi at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Large boulevard, lights, and high rises. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Elevated view of Jung Gu high-rises from Namsan. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Seoul skyline with N Seoul Tower at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color)
There are 20 color pictures on this page out of 119 color pictures of Seoul.

Themes: Changdeokgung Palace Complex, Jongmyo Shrine, Korean Gate Guards

Places: Asian Cities