19 October 2017

Seoul, South Korea

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It is quite usual to see people dressed up in Korean national costume walking around the city. I read in one of the local newspapers that it is popular with young Koreans who like to dress up and post photos of themselves on social media.  At all of the sights I visited during my stay here I saw people in national dress, and not just young people.  There doesn’t seem to be a costume shoe though, and so trainers are worn! They are always pleased to pose for a photo.

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Although it was predominately women I saw, I did see men dressed up too, if they were with a female their costumes would be coordinated.

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The palace today is Changdeokgung Palace. Built in 1405, this palace was loved more than any of the other palaces because of the extensive gardens, they take up almost sixty percent of the palace grounds. The Japanese burnt this palace down during the 1592-1598 invasion, it was rebuilt in 1610 and was the main palace for 270 years. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. DSC_0016 (2)The stones dotted along the court yard, looking a bit like western grave stones, determined where palace officials stood, the nearer to the king the more important one was.

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Seonjeongjeon Hall is the only building left in Seoul where blue glazed roof tiles can still  be seen.

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The chimney and burner of the ondal heating system for the palace.

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The gardens have a series of lotus ponds, each pond also has a pavilion or pavilions.

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Namsan Seoul Tower opened in 1980, is 237 meters high and located at Namsan Park on the top of Mount Namsan, a 262 meter high mountain in the centre of the city. It serves as an integrated telecom tower from which TV and FM radio signals are transmitted for the metropolitan area. In 30 seconds two express elevators ascend 135 metres to the Observation Platform.

The observation platform is enclosed, so had an effect on the photos I took from here. Namsan Park is the largest park in Seoul and one can either, walk, drive or get a cable car to the top of the mountain. I got the cable car.

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It’s a popular park with around 20,000 visitors a day. The park provides plenty of options for views of the city and the sun set, although the day I was there was quite hazy. It’s also famous for Locks of Love, a wall of locks that symbolize endless love for people who buy a lock and leave it on the railings.

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