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Seoul launched “Floating Island”

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Lydia

How can a 2,000-ton buoy float? Well, man-made floating islets(Viva) was launched on the Han river near Banpo Bridge in the heart of Seoul, yesterday.

“There are artificial islands in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, but they are in addition to the actual natural islands in the Area. Seoul’s Floating Islands are remarkable because they are completely man-made ones that will float on the river.” Said Kim Hyeon geon, a city official involved in the project. “That’s why we’re not calling them artificial islands, we’re calling it the Floating Islands.”

I’m hoping that the Floating Island will become Seoul’s new landmark where people can enjoy leisure, exhibitions, performance and conventings along the Han river, too.

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Let’s Take a Walk Under the Moonlight!

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by Lydia

I have a question to you guys. What do you think about bridge? Exclusive property of cars and trains?

Then my answer to that would be, ”This is not true at least in Seoul, Korea.” 🙂

As part of the project called “Hangang Renaissance”, pedestrian passages and bike paths were made and the longest fountain in the world was created, too. Its name is “Fountain of Moonlight and Rainbow”

(In Korean word, “달빛 무지개 분수” it sounds romantic and cute but in English, it sounds soso -) ) But no one will be able to doubt the beauty of this fountain!


Unlike many countries, all places in Korea maintain public security perfectly even in midnight, so you will be allowed to take a stroll around the city or go shopping or have a midnight snack without any threat of attack. You can also enjoy this view with very atmospheric music and maybe you can propose to your lover, too.

*Another Tip for You:
-Timetable of the fountain-
MON~ THU : 12:30 15:00 20:00 20:40 21:20
FRI : 12:30 15:00 20:00 20:40 21:20 22:00
SAT~SUN : 12:30 15:00 17:00 20:00 20:40 21:20 22:00

Hangang Renaissance-Finest Cafes

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by Lydia

“Design aficionados have been drawn by the Korean capital’s glammed-up cafes and restaurants, immaculate art galleries and monumental fashion palaces like the sprawling outpost of Milan’s 10 Corso Como and the widely noted Ann Demeulemeester store — an avant-garde Chia Pet covered in vegetation.” – New York Times

I showed you those immaculate art galleries and monumental fashion palaces in Seoul the other day, right? And this time, I’ll show you what do those Seoul’s glammed-up cafes and restaurants look like. Here we go~ Just follow me!

As many as 8 cafes are on the bridge of Han River. (Wait! Han River, which is called ‘Hangang’ is not only Seoul’s lifeline, but tourist attraction.)

↑ Do you see that cafe? Its name is “A Ri-tta-um”, meaning ‘Beauty’.

↓ And this pic is inside view of the cafe. The cafe is divided in two parts, east and west. East space imparts an Eastern atmospere and west space is filled with western atmosphere.

↓ These cafes’ name are Nodeul and Rio. Their same motto is “the Lighthouse” and they are both adorned with big windows for the sake of making visitors enjoy the scenery of Han River. How about spending a special evening at these cafes with your boyfriend or girlfriend? (or family 😉 )

↓ These cafes are also good to enjoy your special evening. Their names are “Cloud” and “Flaming sunset “. (Actually in Korean name, 구름 노을 ,they sounds more romantic.) You can also enjoy breeze of Han River with aromatic scent there.

↓Though it may seem plain in daytime, it is not in nightime. Its name is “Cafe Rainbow” And Its main menu is Makgeolli(unrefined rice wine)with cocktail. Makgeolli is Korean traditional drink, and this liquor leaves a fantastic aftertaste, my father said. 🙂 You should try it someday!

↓ Lastly, its names is “Riverview Bom(meaning Spring)”. It’s motto is very unique- ‘for Women and for Environment’.

For special days like Christmas, Valentines day.. etc Those places are perfect, right? So, why don’t you enjoy your lovely tea or bitter brew at one of Seoul’s best cafes?

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