It took me nearly six years to be in the right place and the right weather to finally explore the memorial park in the heart of Gangnam, known as Seolleung and Jeongneung.
A UNESCO site that houses the Royal Tomb of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon (Seolleung) and The Royal Tomb of King Jungjong (Jeongneung).
The site is not only the Royal Tomb but a home to a lot of nature waiting to say ‘hi!’
Please visit this site at the heart of Gangnam, it costs only 1000W.
1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 선릉로100길 1 (삼성동)
My first experience of the iconic D Museum was the inspiring and motivating Heatherwick Studio, the creativity and excitement of British design is certainly here – take a look!
It’s cute, it’s adorable and the best place for any teddy bear lover (me included)
Any trip to Jeju for a teddy bear lover must include a visit to the cute Teddy Bear Museum (제주 테디베어뮤지엄).
It is a great place, you’ll need a fully charged battery and there is a Starbucks opposite to recharge^^
31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로110번길 31 (색달동)
The TOP location for people with a good sense of humour and a love of things cheeky, Jeju Love Land. This will give you a whole new picture of how Koreans think and work!
(though maybe the high number of love motels and Kdrama could well be a hint!)
The trendy, stylish and simply divine 10 Corso Como has arrived in North Seoul at the Lotte Department store’s Seoul ‘Avenuel’ with a divine Cafe which is divine.
The new 10 Corso Como offers a handful of sections: women, men, beauty, books and design, restaurant, cafe and garden.
Quicklink to their bookstore.
I think 10 Corso Como is always worth at the least a little look around – and a nice drink!
Goto the Lotte Department Store at Eulijuro Il Ga
Exploring works by the Viennese artist Gustav Klimt at the S-Factory in Seongsu-dong.
The exhibition featured famous works alongside displays complemented by music, lights, LED screens and much more.
It was divided into different sections that reflects Klimt’s history: The End of Century, Ver Sacrum, Women, Stocklet Frieze, Later Colors and Kiss.
The Time Out review can be found at here.
Today, I had a plan to attend one of the many exhibitions at Seoul Art Center. I have to admit that this exhibition didn’t originally cross my radar but I was glad to have ended up visiting it!
The Alexander the Great meets the Buddha for non-Korean speakers was actually a very quick exhibition, as there was a great lack of material for non-Korean speakers but I was able to look up and close at each exhibit.
The key learning point of my day was that before the 2nd and 1st century AD there had been no real depictions of the Buddha, no statues, no images, nothing but thanks to the invasion (not sure the thanks is a welcome one) by Hellenistic armies that had conquered the than territory of Bactria (modern day Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan). Before that.. there had only been the Bodhi Tree, stupas, empty seats, footprints and the wheel.
The question that some ask, regarding the look of the Buddha is how the input of the Hellenistic leaders may have had on the look of the Buddha.
Nevertheless, the exhibition focuses on the imagery of the Buddha, the impact of Alexander the Great following the conquering of Gandhara in 327BC.
It was amazing to be able to stand so close to history and sad to know that so many in the world are trying to destroy history in Central Asia and the Middle East to protect their own culture or to imply a long history of one culture over others.
Photos by Simon Williams-Im
Seoul takes it to the next level!
Seoul is such a vibrant city, everyday there is something new to explore and something old has changed in a way you’d simply never guess.
When I went back to the UK, I arrived back in Seoul and realized this and that had changed.. so going away is as exciting as a weekend away in Busan because you know when you’re back..
Seoul will remain awesome but with something new to feed those cities needs!
If you happen to hold a Hyundai card (credit/check) then you may well be lucky enough to visit their Cooking and Travel library.
Visit Korea’s 1000th Starbucks in Cheongdam and when in these neighbourhoods, don’t rush, walk those streets and explore.. you’ll be surprised!
A recent find on our summer vacation in Bangkok was the awesome Kuppadeli. Their website runs the slogan ‘a cafe that speaks from the heart’ and it won’t surprise you to be true, I wish there was a Kuppadeli in Seoul.
We enjoyed a couple of dinners whilst travelling and exploring Bangkok, we even made sure to squeeze in one last trip before heading to the airport.
Their story is sweet and I would recommend their ‘Emporium’ branch.
Created by Robin Lourvanij – a mother of three wonderful children, a great chef, and a passionate coffee lover – the original Kuppa has defined café dining in Bangkok since its ground-breaking opening in 1998. It is just as vibrant today as it was, and is proof that style outlasts fashion. We still hand roast our own coffee in-house and distribute to discerning buyers worldwide. We still serve our classic brownies that everyone has come to love, yet keep things fresh by continuing to introduce chefs, contemporary menus, and seasonal ingredients.