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February in Seoul

This is a collection of iPhone shots from the last month.

 

Haengjusanseong 행주산성

On my many trips to the airport, as I passed over one of the westernmost bridges on the Han River, I have often looked back north to notice a hill by the river with a pagoda on top.  On my many trips to Ilsan I had also noticed signs for the Haengju Mountain Fortress.  I only just realized recently that these two were the same place.

Just beyond the main gate is statue of General Kwon Yul, who led his force of 3,000 against some 30,000 Japanese troops.  His remarkable victory is depicted in relief in four panels behind his gold-toned statue.

If you are looking for a quiet afternoon walk, with a commanding view of Seoul and the Han River, Haengjusanseong might be the answer.

 

January in Seoul

These are just some iPhone shots I’ve taken over the last few weeks.

 

Fall in Seoul

Mid-December

Just some recent dailies.

Seoul Grand Hyatt

Northern Seoul Dream Forest

Northern Seoul Dream forest, Seoul’s fourth largest park, was renovated and reopened in October, 2009.  There is a wide variety of terrain here, including natural relatively untouched forested areas, grassy expanses, waterfalls, eco-park, an animal habitat, and a recently planted bamboo forest.  It’s less crowded than Seoul’s other parks — perhaps, because it’s quite a way off the beaten path — making the overall experience more relaxing.

Getting there: Take Line 4 to the Mia Samgeori station and head out through Exit 1.  Look for a bus stop nearby and jump on Bus 9 or 11.  These buses will drop you of across the street from the main gate.

Jongmyo Shrine

The Jongmyo shrine was built in 1394 under a directive from the first ruler of the Chosun dynasty, King Taejo.  That structure was burned to the ground (along with everything else) by the Japanese during the invasion of 1592.  The wooden building you see today was built in 1601.  The shrine’s purpose was to house the spirit tablets (shinju) of deceased kings and queens.  Jongmyo and the Sajik shrine (to the gods of soil and grain) were considered the most sacred sites in Chosun-era Korea.

Getting there: Take Line 1, Line 5, or Line 3 and get off at  Jongno-3(sam)ga Station.  Walk through the Jongmyo Citizen’s Park to the main gate.

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