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Aug312010

Seoul Search

Some of my readers were expecting photos of the Lake District (Cumbria) by now, but my holiday was deferred a week and I ended up in London instead.  The reason was an unplanned business trip for an urgent negotiation in Seoul.  Work-wise the trip didn't go as well as we had hoped; but I was glad to use the opportunity to see the place. I only spent two days there, and they were enough to leave with a very positive impression of Seoul.

I arrived early evening.  My first surprise was how developed the city is.  The impressively organised airport, the fantastic roads, and the above view from my hotel room.  I knew Korea is developed, but my ignorance of how developed it really is evaporated within the first hour.  I didn't have much time, but having read the Lonely Planet guide on the flight over, I couldn't wait to step out of the hotel for a stroll.

It was too late to see anything else, and I had an early morning meeting the next day.  This was a great start to the trip.  I saw the local area to the hotel, then took a taxi to the busier parts of down town Seoul.  Jet-lag, a very rare issue with my usual travel, started to take its toll.

The light was fading, but I managed to get some shots of Bongeunsa Temple.  I spent almost an hour looking around the place: quiet and very tranquil.

As the sun light faded, the city lights took over.  I was surrounded with the neon lights in every colour imaginable.  I'm not a fan of clutter and colour contrast, I prefer the clean lines and a more subtle look.  In Seoul, this rich mix has a way of merging into something much more beautiful than it would ever sound.

I had booked a night flight back, so I had a plan to see the city properly on my last day.  However, business had other plans for me, and my one meeting became three.  I ended up having only one afternoon free, which readers who travel for work will know as nothing new.  I used all four hours to walk around the town.  I will post images from that walk soon.

The people were happy and very friendly.  Smiles surround you as you walk the tidy streets.  Pedestrians wait at crossings for traffic to stop.  Order is part of every day life and cleanliness here is in a class of its own.  I didn't even see a cigarette-bud on the floor, throughout my stay.  Smoking is banned indoors.  There is pride in both how the city looks, and how the people present themselves.  My favourite litmus-test of a presentable society is to check the shoes they wear!  Seoul even beats Paris in this one...


Reader Comments (112)

ماشاء الله وايد حلوين الصور وكل ما اشوفهم احس ان انا بعد ابي اتعلم منك ومتعه التصوير معاك تحياتي
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August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralrashed ali

مشكور بو حسين
نتعلم من بعض ياخوي وانت ما قصرت معاي بتشجيعك و متابعتك، هذا غير فرص التصوير اللي ترتبها لنا :)

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you for sharing! great pictures!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe's box

ta9weeer 3ajeeeeb o yalla lel7eeen na6rek tesaweelna dawrah o net3alam :P

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFereej

those are colourful!! :) sounds a nice place; not having heard much as it isnt the usual tourist spot like singapore or even indonesia. the one thing we know is the olympic venue it was back in '88.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

wow!! the pictures are amazing!!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

I have been to Korea before but I did not see this beauty as you have captured it.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami Malallah

*adds Seoul to his places-to-visit list*

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMacaholiQ8

very nicee.... a territory am yet to discover

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterq8travelbud

Awesome shots!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB.Held

A wonderful country. Nice captures!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhawla

great shots! Love them.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterphotographyfree4all

i ve been there before..i miss seoul veryy much .

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhayadith

Thanks for your blog and super pictures.
I have wanted to go to Korea for a long time so I was particularly interested in the photos.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoranna

Ah, gorgeous photos!!!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlifeintheboomerlane

Beautiful Photos! Thanks for sharing!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy aka Mamarazzi

Awesome! Great photos. :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjpcabit

great pictures im jealous that looks so fun

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhpstudent

Great pictures, thank you!
I lived in Tokyo for a year and it's fun to see how, judging from your pictures of the streets and the temple, Japan and Korea look similar yet slightly different. But I guess Asian people have the same feeling when they visit different countries in Europe.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRitournelle

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This is wonderful! I fell in love with this city!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRana Baker

i think the fading light served you well. the Magic Hour has illuminated your pictures beautifully and still provided ample light for details. those temple shots are stunning.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpopscure

Nice pictures. So different!

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September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvie Garone

Hi, I really like your shots and the quality of the photos - Please let me know your camera specs. I'm looking to get a new one. Thanks

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclinkinwardrobe

Thanks for sharing these lovely images. I hope to visit Seoul someday and you have provided me with some new inspiration.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfindingtampa

Nice shots... and you're right, one of the best things about Seoul is how friendly the people are!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercriticalgrasp

I spent three years in S. Korea. I loved every minute of it. Did you get a chance to try their food or drinks?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

beautiful photography! mental note: add seoul to bucket list... :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdcwright02

Great photos! Love 'em!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunflowerdiva

Thank you, Joe.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Mashkoor... one of those days, I will take a course :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

The olympics were the extent of my knowledge too :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you, Summer.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Beauty is everywhere if you look... and I know that you look :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Hope you get to go. Enjoy!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I must admit I didn't discover enough... Hope you get to go soon.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you, B.Held

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

It is. Thanks.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you. Glad you liked.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I was very impressed.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you for your comment. I will put up some more pics in the next post.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you, lifeintheboomerlane.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you, Christy.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you, jpcabit :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

It was a business trip, but yes this brief part of the visit was fun.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I suppose they do. But remember, there is a huge Japanese influence here. Now however they have their own strong identity and they maintain it very well.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

smile back :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

It is very much a beautiful city.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

You're absolutely right. It was a nice time to arrive.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

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