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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) Hongsalmun gate, Sindo and Eodo stone-covered paths (Chamdo), Jongneung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jaesil, Jeongneung, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Subokbang shrine, Seolleung, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Seolleung of King Seonjong, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Stone figure of military official, Seolleung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Stone figure of civil official, Seolleung, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Bongbun and Honnyuseok, Seolleung, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jeongneung, royal tomb of the Joseon Dynasty, Samreung Gongwon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jeongsa-cheong, Jongmyo shrine. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jaegung, Jongmyo shrine. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Main royal shrine, Jongmyo. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Folding screen, Jaegung, Jongmyo. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jongmyo royal ancestral shrine. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pilars and bays of main shrine, Jongmyo. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Changdeokgung Palace complex. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Huijeong-Dang, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Throne Hall, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Throne hall facade, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Throne, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Beams detail, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Throne room, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Under roof detail, Injeong-jeon, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Wall and rooftop details, Yeongyeong-dang, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pavilions in autumn, Changdeok Palace gardens. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Fall foliage and tile rooftops, Yeongyeong-dang, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Fall foliage and historic architecture, Yeongyeong-dang, Changdeokgung Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gazebo in autumn, Ongnyucheong, Changdeokgung gardens,. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Buyongji, pond, trees, and canvas, Changdeok Palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pond in autumn, Changdeokgung Palace gardens. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Royal guards marching, Gyeongbokgung palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Military band marching, Gyeongbokgung palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Ceremony of gate guard change, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Changing of the Guard ceremony in front of Gyeongbokgung palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Ceremony of gate guard change, Gyeongbokgung palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gate guards and palace, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Guards in Joseon-period costumes, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Guard change ceremony in front of Gyeongbokgung palace gate. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Guards in Joseon-period uniforms, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gapsa (regular guard from Joseon dynasty), Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Jeongbyeong (regular soldier from Joseon dynasty), Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Royal guards, Heugnyemun gate, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Joseon guards and Gyeongbokgung palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Guards at Heugnyemun gate, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Heugnyemun gate, Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gyotae-jeon, Gyeongbokgung royal Joseon palace. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gyeongghoe-ru pavilion and pond. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Open corridor around Geugjeong-jeon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Facade of Gyeongbokgung gate at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gyeongbokgung gate and moon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Hanok houses overlooking modern skyline. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Tile rooftops of Hanok houses. Seoul, South Korea ( color) House and alley, Bukchon Hanok Village. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Wooden door, Bukchon Hanok Village. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Window, hanok house. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Traditional house facade and fence. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pensioners gathering to play game of go. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Go game. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pondering moves in go (baduk) game. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Pedestrians walking through Cheonggyecheon river park. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Fashion Town district. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Warehouses along Cheonggyecheon. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Facade with air conditioning machines. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Bamboo reflected in marble wall, Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Window reflections, Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Sculptures celebrating city choice as world design capital. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Sculpture made of recycled water bottles, Dongdaemun. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Sculpture made of recycled bottles, Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Shopping bags sculpture, Dongdaemun. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Street lined up with food stalls. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Gyeongbokgung and high-rises at dusk. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Central Seoul at dusk. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Old fortress wall and high-rises at dusk. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Old fortress wall and city skyline at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) City skyline and Namsan hill at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Shamanist ceremony, Inwangsan. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Stairs leading to sacred rocks, Seon-bawi. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Woman wearing parka worshipping at Seon-bawi. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Shopping street by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Shoppers on pedestrian street by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Street food vendor and cosmetics store by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Unusual street foods on busy shopping street. Seoul, South Korea ( color) People lining up for street food. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Street food by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) People eating noodles in a tent at night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) People on Namsan stairs by night. Seoul, South Korea ( color) South Korean flags. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Sappling decorated with Korean flags. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Hanok-style hostel. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Common space of Hanok-style hostel. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Vending machine in subway. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Seoul Subway with platform screen doors. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Inside subway car. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Seoul station facade. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Inside Seoul train station. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Main concourse of Seoul train station. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Trains in Seoul station. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Seoul train station platforms. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Passengers boarding high speed KTX train. Seoul, South Korea ( color) Hostess walking inside high speed KTX train car. Seoul, South Korea ( color)
All the 119 color pictures of Seoul are on this page

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

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