Seolleung and Jeongneung

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.

VisitKorea 

Address

1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
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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!

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 –

10 Corso Como comes to SEOUL Avenuel

20170821_150919The 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 designrestaurant, cafe and garden.

Quicklink to their bookstore.

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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

 

Nude at GalleryNSW

Recently, we visited the Nude exhibition at SOMA Museum in Jamsil.

Interestingly, we saw the same exhibition in Sydney (Australia) at ‘The Art Gallery NSW” which was slightly larger.

The exhibition is composed of over 100 major representations of the nude body and has works be the legends such as Picasso, Freud, Matisse and more.

 

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Hundertwasser  is known as the ‘Austrian Gaudi’  and is known as a representative painter and architect, an exhibition was held at Sejong Center, Seoul.

He is a symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence. hundertwasser.com

A timeline of his biography of his career can be found here

The Facebook for the artist is here.