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A: Ttukseom climbing wall amusement park

by Choohan Cho, 440 meters away

Ttukseom climbing wall amusement park 뚝섬유원지 인공암벽

Ttukseom climbing wall amusement park

B: 광진문화 예술회관

by You Changyeol, 740 meters away

광진문화 예술회관

C: Han River (한 강)

by You Changyeol, 780 meters away

서울 한강에서 낚시를 즐기는 사람들... 한강이라는 명칭의 유래는 우리말에서 '큰 물줄기'를 의미하는 '한가람'에서 비롯하였다. '한'이란, 큰, 정확한, 한창인, 같은을 뜻하는 접...

Han River (한 강)

D: 더 클래식 500

by You Changyeol, 870 meters away

THE CLASSIC 500은 도심 속의 미래형 복합문화주거공간이자 프라이빗 시니어 소사이어티로서 최고의 품격과 품위, 여유를 갖추고 자신의 삶을 아름답게 가꾸어 가는 분들께 더욱 ...

더 클래식 500

E: 100th

by inhee, 1.8 km away

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100th

F: 서울 어린이 대공원

by You Changyeol, 2.2 km away

서울시 광진구 능동에 위치한 어린이대공원은 53만여㎡의 넓은 공간 속에 동물원, 식물원, 놀이동산 및 다양한 공연시설과 체험공간이 가득한 가족테마공원입니다. 지하철 7호선과 5호선으...

서울 어린이 대공원

H: COEX E-307

by 박주현, 2.2 km away

COEX E-307

I: Let there be light!

by Min Heo, 2.3 km away

Let there be light!

J: 압구정 캐논서포트센터

by You Changyeol, 2.5 km away

압구정동에 위치한 캐논 서포트 센터로 일반인들을 위한 캐논 카메라 수리및 전시된 제품을 마음껏 시현해 볼수 있는 장소로 지하엔 전시장이 따로 마련되어 있고, 2층엔 고객서비스센터가 ...

압구정 캐논서포트센터

This panorama was taken in Seoul

This is an overview of Seoul

Overview and History

The Seoul metropolis is the fifth largest city in the world with a population weighing in just over ten million people, however much that weighs.

Its history can be traced back as far as half a million years, well into the Paleolithic Era. Korean history dates to at least 2333 BC, when the legendary King Tan-Gun established the first city. He came from the Heavens desiring his own territory where he could start a kingdom, and he made a wife from a Bear who devoutly aspired to becoming human.

In all seriousness, legends of intelligent beings coming down from the skies and creating humans out of special animals -- these are really interesting stories considering the "missing link" in anthropological history. Which lies outside the scope of this treatise.

By the first century BC, three kingdoms had arisen on the Korean peninsula, Koguryo, Paekche and Shilla. The Kingdom of Shilla united the peninsula in 668 AD and since then Korea has been ruled by a single government.

Hold on, hold on. Between 1392 and 1910 there were only two Dynasties, the Koryo and the Choson. Both of them consolidated their power and flourished culturally, while successfully staving off Mongolian, Japanese and Manchurian invasions.

Later in the 19th century Korea fell into heavy competition with China, Russia and Japan. It was annexed by Japan in the year 1910 and received colonial rule, ending the Choson Dynasty. Liberation occurred in 1945 at the end of WWII but was soon followed by internal division.

At present, the Republic of Korea in the South has a democratic government while the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the North has a Communist regime in power.

Getting There

Flying into Seoul from another country lands you at one of two airports: the Seoul Gimpo International, or Incheon International Airport. Incheon boasts the distinction of having been selected as the world's best airport for the last four years! That is something to be proud of.

There's a high speed train connecting the two airports and from Incheon you can take a bus, taxi, limousine or even water taxi from the airport to the city.

Here's a view from under the bridge across the Cheonggye Stream. It runs through the center of Seoul. Take a look at this walking path and waterfall, and see how clean it is!

Transportation

Traffic congestion is such a problem in Seoul that words like "infestation" may be more apt to describe it. Public transport is a much better choice to actually get your body to a different location in any expedient manner.

The system was designed around the idea of connecting bus lines to the subway system, take that as a hint...

Subway is it! The subway has nine different lines in total and the trains come every three minutes, on average. Beat that!

Commuter rail service uses seven lines to connect to regional cities, and these trains operate with a frequency of every twelve minutes in off-peak times! It's amazing!

People and Culture

Kimchi: eat it, love it. For a quick introduction, kim chi is pickled cabbage or other vegetables.  You make it with red pepper and salt rubbed into the raw vegetables and then ferment it all together in a big jar. If you're not from around here you will think it's really stinky at first, but it's one of those delicacies where the taste is totally different from the smell, and it's paradise for people who like spicy food. Not to mention that it's wicked good for you.

Man, I wish I had some right now. Korean food is great, it has two basic categories. One is hot food with lots of red pepper, I mean the whole dish is bright red. The other type is cold stuff like glass noodles, cucumbers and greens. Very yin and yang, you might say.

What else... Seoul is a very safe place to travel and visit. It's got a low crime rate and a very welcoming, friendly population. Even if people can not speak English very well, they will try to help you so bring some paper to write down your questions for things you may need.

The architecture of the city combines modern high-rises with ancient temples and palaces, making for lots of both shopping and absorption of history.

You may catch a street performance if you're lucky.

Things to do, Recommendations

To explore small cafes and restaurants in a cool district of Seoul, go to Samcheong-dong. The name means "Three Pure Things" and it refers to its mountains, water and people. There are many new wine bars and a feeling of secluded charm among the hanok, Korean-style homes.

When you start to feel overwhelmed by the high-tech side of Seoul, head for the woods. You can enjoy walking around the lake in the Seoul Forest, ride bikes and visit the butterfly greenhouse.

The sculpted topiary gardens of Yonsei University will also bring your eyes some welcome relief from flickering digital screens.

Seoul has some really cool museums, small ones devoted specifically to Korean culture like the Seoul Museum of Chicken Arts. This is the first and only chicken museum in the world.

As always, before you go home you need to visit the top of something WAY UP HIGH and take some pictures. Try the Seoul Tower, if it doesn't do the job then call up Icarus.

Text by Steve Smith.

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