The first thing I do in Seoul is coming to this huge avenue called Gwanghwamun...
Its a very new and modern city and sometims I felt similar to Japan, for it was clean and safe, and for other obvious reasons...
I find the flag complex and with lots of meanings...
At the end of this avenue, the palace of GyeongBokgung is located.
This is the entrance to palace, and also a rest for me in the green
I asked two guards if I could sit there and it was ok...
There was a nice water flow with historical data of the country in one side
Here is the coffee shop I found close to my friend David's place, where I stayed. Nice breakfast here.
Today I've been recommended to visit the palace of Changdeok / Biwon Garden
Detail of the roof corners
Incredible wood work
I was surprised to see all these figures always in the roof...
But I loved the contrast between all the colors and roofs, specially green and red
It was relaxing to imagine life here
It is surrounded by very nice gardens
This part of the palace is all black, white and brown and it really stunned me, for I found it more classic and mystic
The Japanese burned all the buildings during 1592. Although rebuilt, many of the buildings have burned and been rebuilt several times.
Thirteen of Korea's kings lived here for a total of over 270 years, a longer period than at Gyeongbok Palace.
Biwon gardens were huge and you need to follow a guide
There were water canals, as seen here, to conduct water all around.
Construction of Changdok Palace was started in 1405 by King T'aejong, and it was completed in 1412
In 1463, King Sejo expanded the palace and created Biwon (secret) Garden.
Thirteen of the original buildings remain, with an additional 28 in Biwon Garden.
The mad figures again!
Originally named Huwon, (meaning "rear garden"), Biwon is typical of palace backyards where kings and other members of the royal family would go to relax and entertain.
In 1997, it was registered as a World Heritage.
So after all this history, I am taking this bus to the Seoul Tower.
There it is
The views from here, as it is in top of a center hill, are stunning
I come on a sunset, of course!
Lots of dragon flies also in Korea!
Nice art performances here
In the balcony, thousands of lockers were hanging, showing the visits of so many tourists... and people in love?
Now see some performance projection against a layer of gassy water
People in metro!
There was something very interesting in South Korea. Everybody had a mobile with tv function. With a tiny antenna they watched programs in metro or street.
Pretty modern huh?
Party at night around, see this weird band
This area is plenty of tourists, but we had fun
Friends David and the newcomer :)
And! Today I want some market and colours. This one is very famous and it is -again- all about fish...
When entering from the railway over-path, you have this overview, very interesting.
So here is the Noryangjin fish market!!!
Do you notice the color is bright inside here?
Outside I found some vegetables
And stuffed shops like this
Some other products...
And buildings, of course.
once again in, I bought some tempura fried fish like this, which I enjoyed.
It is a shame it is rainy, cause I can't capture best of it.
But I will show you instead some pictures of this niiice Yeouido park on an island in the wonderful river of Seoul, the HAN river.
It was a sunday and it seemed like Spain, the domingueros were all around.
But it was warm!
The national assembly
And my way home before airport
Good bye modern Seoul!