탑골 공원 Tapgol Park

Tapgol Park was formerly known as the Pagoda Park, it is a small park in central Seoul. It is built on the site of a Buddhist Temple, it’s name originates from the Wongaksa Pagoda, the 10 storied stone pagoda which can be seen in the park.

There was once a 15th century Buddhist Temple, the park was organized by an Irishman, John McLeavy Brown.

The site was also where the Korean Proclamation of Independence was made in publicly.

Heritage Information

 

Jongno Tower 종로 타워

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Jongno Tower, the giant beauty that stands just above Jongak Station in the heart of Seoul is a 33 floored office building with a beautiful bookstore at the base and foodhall.

It is owned by Samsung Securities and designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, built in 1999 and reaches 132 meters.

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Give the bar a try:

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Can’t find it, still? Look for this building

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Visit the Blue House

Another must on a trip to Seoul, a visit to the Korean Presidential Home: The Blue House or Cheong Wae Dae.

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Fancy a visit to the Blue House?

Book here

Visit the Presidential website

Korea’s National Assembly

Explore the Korean’s National Assembly Building in Yeouido.

Visit the National Assembly

ITAEWON: days gone by

Itaewon has long been one of my favourite parts of Seoul, it is diverse, it is cultural and GAY. As time has passed, it remains firmly in my heart as a place that now feels like a place that I grew up in, I went to parties, I danced away weekends, I met up with friends and ate Indian. Sometimes, I’d wake up there most weekends..

Now, I have moved forward and the city is being viewed very differently. I am fond of Itaewon but fondness has expanded to not just a few more ‘hoods’ but to the many and my love of Seoul has grown even more, replacing many old memories with those of Seoul.

Seoul will for a long time be my number one, shared with Shanghai, Jerusalem, Birmingham and London.

But, I have a few black and white shots that I found on one of my old account of Itaewon so I will give you a glance!

Wanna One – Energetic

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Image: www.nowkpop.com

The debut album of the latest K-Pop 11 member boy was released this month, the band is made from guys who were voted by the public through the hit MNET Survival talent show: Produce101: Season 2.

Wanna One 워너원

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Cruise down the Han..

The Han River runs through the heart of Seoul and is a must for any trip to Seoul.

Sip

coffee as you float along the Han River, take in the architecture, the history and beautiful hum of the city.

 

Deoksugung Palace

Another beauty..

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Is Deoksugung Palace which is located right next to the City Hall and main Lotte Department Store in the heart of Seoul, this location is very romantic and should be visited during the day or for a romantic evening stroll (at night), it is open some evenings!

I have pictures from the evening on this blog – so please check it out!

Some snaps during the day

 

 

 

Exploring Gwanghamun

My favorite tourist location is Seoul has to be Gwanghwamun. This is the number one location that tourists will flock to on arrival and a historical location, this is where the people of Korea protested to remove their former President, President Park who is currently in jail awaiting the final decision and suffering a bad toe.

For me, Gwanghwamun is where my husband proposed to me –

Exploring Gwangyo

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Exploring Gwangyo, a quiet little place at the end of the ShinBundang Line from Gangnam station is worth a visit.

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It is home to a lot of history, a nice supply of shops and cafes and lots of food. I was a resident of the area two years back, I think it is a very cosy place to live but I did miss the crazy busy Seoul buzz!

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Here are some pictures near to the Tomb of Prince Hyeryeong (1407-1440).