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Big Specialties in Seoul Metro

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Lydia

Seoul is a model city in the field of “Transportation.” Unlike other cities, Seoul Metro runs 365 days a year except for leap year, when it runs 366 days, and you can enjoy Seoul City Tour by subway with various routes and numerous themes. For instance, by taking the subway line No.5, you can see all modern aspects of Seoul by stopping at Yeouinaru, Seodaemun, Gwanghwamun, Jongro 3ga, Dongdaemun, and so on. But those are just part of package and there is more in it except those! So, From now on, I’ll let you know the unknown specialties of Seoul Metro. The train is now approaching. Please behind yellow line and watch your step. ๐Ÿ™‚

First specialty is Happy Bookstore. Is it cool enough that every transfer stations in line No.5~8 has strong scent of books? This bookstore also won the grand prize in ‘Creative Management’ which was held at the Seoul City Hall on 19 November 2009 and it’s widely perceived as a wonderful place by Seoulites because it’s not a commercial space, but a cultural space in public transportation. It’s a real shelter for citizens who are leading busy lives in the city.

Second specialty is Famous eateries in Station. Especially In ‘Jongno 3ga station’ with sub. line No.5, there is a famous eatery specializing in tteokguk(rice-cake soup) and dumpling soup. I could realize its popularity because people lined the route outside the restaurant. Its meat bun was so cute that it was a waste to be eating it alone so I got it to go a little. It reminds me the phrase, “What looks good tastes good.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ The next stop of this train is Gwanghwamun station. I also paid a brief visit to another famous restaurant, BRCD(Bread is Ready, Coffee is Done) in this station. I felt comfortable with harmonious atmosphere and wood interiors as soon as I walked in.

Last speciality is the fact Seoul Metro is filled with many careful concerns of every tiny bits of life for citizens. It has entrances for the disabled and kids and in the train, straps are various in height. Every platform has Screen Door for the purpose of preventing accidents and there is a beautiful piece of poetry on the Screen Door that really comforts and relieves citizens. And the first picture shows people who provide a cup of hot tea for citizens in subway station. They are very considerate and kind.

All right then. Are you all in agreement on that Seoul metro is not just a common form of transportation but a fashionable, easy and neat form of transportation for young romance seekers or solitary people or just family visits? As you saw, Seoul Metro is Seoul’s pride and it’s a kind of “must-use transportation” while travelling in Seoul! You should try this green means, too!

You can get more information here!

Dynamic Seoul, Dynamic Korea

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by Lydia

Best 5 Places for Shopping in Seoul

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Lydia

Do you like travelling? Do you love shopping? Well, apparentaly, a lot of people do(Including me and maybe you). And I can say with confidence that Seoul is no less greater than Millan, New York, or Paris for shopping. But you may think it’s a little hard to go shopping tour in Seoul because there isn’t much information about it, right? So this time, I’m gonna be your Seoul shopping tour guide! Are you ready to go with me? Ok then here are the best 5 places for shopping in Seoul!

First Place is Myeondong.
Myeondong is the No.1 Fashion Street in Seoul and general Korea. There are many clothing stores and they keep all trendy clothes from outer clothing to underwear. If you have an exceptional sense of style, you’ll definately love this place!


Second Place is Insadong.
Do you want some more Korean-like stuffs or oriental style something?
Then here is the right place to visit- Insadong Ssamzigil! This street has a lot of time-honoured goods such as Korean traditonal ceramics, frames, sculptures… etc. You should visit here to buy souvenirs for your friends and familys while travelling Seoul.


Third place is COEX Mall.
COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping area in Korea! There are surely lots of clothing shops like Myeongdong and plus, there are lots of entertainments too! (Super sized aquarium, amusement arcades, food court, cinema house, PC room, karaoke bar(๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ฐฉ)… etc) I think this is the best place for family visits.


Fourth place is Dongdaemun.
Like Myeongdong, Dongdaemun is a large fashion street, but there is something different between two streets. Myeondong has lots of luxurious brands and Dongdaemun has a special vitality. In Dongdaemun, lots of various styles and unusual febrics are there and today, lots of young people, particularly young urban working class are very into Dongdaemun’s retro style fashion. In fact, retro style is the very thing what Dongdaemun has, so you should be able to pick up some nice stuffs with reasonable price there.


Last place is On-line Shopping Mall.
GS shopping mall. Auction, 11st., these are famous Internet shopping malls in Korea. If you have no free time to shop or just you don’t wanna go out, pretty good alternative way is here!

Lift the veil of Deoksugung

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by Lydia

๊ฑด๋ฌผ ๋•์ˆ˜๊ถ
Lift the veil of Deoksugung
By Gim Hyeon-jeong
Thousands of people from all over the nation were in flood at Deoksugung to see its amazing sceneries on 24 October 2009. What makes them take visits to the palace? Well, the palace located in the heart of Seoul not only has much to offer in terms of tourist attractions- breathtaking showcases and the historical monuments of the Joseon Dynasty-, also has mysterious appeals.

“It is better to try to work with, rather than against, Mother Nature.” This is the main idea of the palace and Korean ancestors. It is believed that he(the ancestor) actually was the first person to put forth the concept of conservation, that man should live in harmony with nature. Their thought was reflected in Deoksugung very well. Danchong, a picture of various colors, has every colors of the Great Earth. And Bush(whose pronunciation is same with the vice President of the United States) is a kind of net which prevents birds from being killed by big snakes.

And today, Seoul is stepping up efforts to get successful combination view of old and new. There are rows of tall buildings stand as certificate of the advances made in the modern world in the background of the palace.
๋•์ˆ˜๊ถ21 ์„์กฐ์ „๋„๋กœ05But these are not all of it. Behind this gorgeous looks, Deoksugung has long been stood the trials. That’s the reason why the palace looked kind of puzzled.

A peep in to its checked history says that it was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the elder brother of King Seongjong. However, after the palaces in the capital were collapsed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592, King Seonjo moved here and used it as his place temporarily.

In its heyday, it is said that it was a huge complex, three times the size it is today. But when Emperor Gojong threw off the throne in 1907, its status was downgraded to a residence. And after Gojong died in 1919, most of the remaining buildings were removed and the land was redeveloped as a public park. And during the Japanese occupation, it suffered so much alteration that its original form is nearly impossible to discern.

However, it is said that It served as the symbolic heart of Korea through several national crises, including the Japanese invasion of 1592 and the tumultuous closing years of the Great Han Empire.

Gyeongbokgung(Palace) 03

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Lydia


์„์ˆ˜(็Ÿณ็ธ): a stone image of an animal
(as the guardian of palace against fire)

Gyeongbokgung(Palace) 02

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Lydia


โ€œIt is better to try to work with, rather than against, Mother Nature.โ€


Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Lydia


Danchong, a picture of various colors, has every colors of the Great Earth.