Seoul, South Korea

by Jovana Lakic May. 30, 2020 650 views

Seoul is one of the most pleasant cities I stayed at. Cosmopolitan, vibrant, high-tech, with abundance of local & eclectic restaurants, major global clothes retailers & Starbucks at every corner. A mix of urban, super modern architecture & traditional hanok houses, palaces & places of worship. Subway is very modern & clean, easy to navigate. The images in this post are taken at the urban city core & during the visit of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Information board at Incheon International Airport (IIA), Seoul (Korean: 인천국제공항). My flight was EK 322.

Information board at Incheon International Airport (IIA), Seoul (Korean: 인천국제공항). My flight was EK 322.

Washroom sign at the airport

Washroom sign at the airport

Pretty streets of Seoul

Pretty streets of Seoul

Insadong Street, Seoul, famous for craft shops & local food restaurants

Insadong Street, Seoul, famous for craft shops & local food restaurants

A view from the hotel room

A view from the hotel room

A Buddhist temple in the city

A Buddhist temple in the city

Korean totem poles usually made of wood. Jangseungs were traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark for village boundaries and frighten away demons.

Korean totem poles usually made of wood. Jangseungs were traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark for village boundaries and frighten away demons.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty.

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Interior at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Main Throne Hall

Interior at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Main Throne Hall

In the early 20th century, much of the palace was systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan. Since then, the walled palace complex is gradually being restored to its original form.

In the early 20th century, much of the palace was systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan. Since then, the walled palace complex is gradually being restored to its original form.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

A group of girls who enjoyed posing for the picture

A group of girls who enjoyed posing for the picture

Chimneys at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Chimneys at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

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Constantin Stephan 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this post. Seoul was one of the locations I planned to visit this year, but I had to cancel because of Covid. So sad... Being German, I had a good laugh when I saw the Asian sun symbol in photo #6, haha...

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jovana Lakic Replied to Constantin Stephan 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Constantin,
Seoul is really worth a visit. I hope we'll be able to travel freely soon.
I know, LOL - it was a huge shock for me when I first saw the symbol on an apartment door of the building I lived in, in Dubai, UAE. The apartment belonged to an Asian family.  I though it was so weird. Then after I did my, research, I found out that swastika means a good luck, prosperity.. in Hinduism and Buddhism, basically has most positive connotation possible. I was so relieved after that.

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Gethin Thomas 9 months, 1 week ago

Can't wait to go to Korea. We were about to book a trip for this year just before the virus hit. Hopefully soon. It is top of our destination list.

9 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jovana Lakic Replied to Gethin Thomas 9 months, 1 week ago

Hopefully, soon. I can't wait to travel internationally, tooairplane

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