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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!
http://www.smrt.co.kr/Eng/index.jsp
http://www.koong.co.kr
http://www.shillabakery.com/

Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia

This is Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard!

During the Joseon Dynasty period, a government office called Sumunjang was in charge of the gates of the palace. It was responsible for inspecting passers-by and keeping public order during the opening and closing ceremonies of the city gates.

And there are 7 program sequence of the changing ceremony of the royal guard- Granting a military password, Password check, First drum, Second drum, Third drum, Yepil(Announcement of the ending of the ceremony) and Patrol.

You can enjoy this show in front of Daehanmun, main gate of Deoksugung palace~

Dynamic Seoul, Dynamic Korea

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

Green City, Green Life: Islands in Seoul

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

There are many ecological parks and islands around Hangang, and this time, I’ll show you 2 major green islands: Yeouido and Seonnyudo!




Cherry-blossom festival in spring, Fantastic Fireworks, Beautiful fountains, Marathon race, Special concerts for citizens, Ecological park…… Yeouido has a lot of high-class services and stuffs, so it’s very good for family visits.

Also, Design of the Footbridge over the Branch is another attraction for you. Plus, The Floating Stage in this island, will let you enjoy your nice weekend in Seoul, too!






Water Purifier, Aquatic Plants, Ecological Playground, Design Seoul Gallary…… This park is also provide comfortable places to relax and reward your busy life in city, too.

Besides, This place is convenient to use Water Transprtations- like water taxi and cruise ship with spectacular sceneries of Hangang.

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!

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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!


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 capitalโ€™s glammed-up cafes and restaurants, immaculate art galleries and monumental fashion palaces like the sprawling outpost of Milanโ€™s 10 Corso Como and the widely noted Ann Demeulemeester store โ€” 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.)

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

โ†“ 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.

โ†“ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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

โ†“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. ๐Ÿ™‚ You should try it someday!

โ†“ 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 Seoulโ€™s best cafes?

์‚ฌ์ง„ ์ œ๊ณต ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ํ•œ๊ฐ•์‚ฌ์—…๋ณธ๋ถ€

Little France in Seoul

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2010 by Lydia

It’s very freezing in Seoul, now!

Anyway, did you know that there is a little Fance in ๋ฐฉ๋ฐฐ๋™(Bangbaedong), Seoul?(Bangbaedong is a town which I live in, actually.)

Its name is Seorae Maul!

์„œ๋ž˜๋งˆ์„(Seorae Maul: French town) is called ‘petit France’ among French pelople who live in Korea.

A lot of french people live in Seorae Maul , because there is a french school.

If you visit Seorae Maul for the first time, you can hardly find special things. There is much the same of other place in seoul.

BUT when you walk along the street , you can feel a mood which is related to France!



The word of Seo-Rae expressing ‘Running Stream’ was come from korean word, ‘์„œ๋ฆฌ์„œ๋ฆฌ’. There is a pond flowing near Seorae.

And in 1985 , French school moved to Seorae from Hannamdong(ํ•œ๋‚จ๋™).

So, french people moved to this Seorae Maul.

These days , about 60% of the french who live in korea dwell in Seorae Maul.


โ†‘These are me and my friend in Seorae Maul.

Oh! There are many famous restaurants and coffee shops in the village, too.

We went famous Italian restaurant, Red Bric.

You can find more inf. about the restaurants in Seorae Maul, visit this site at

http://www.menupan.com