Sunday, 1 May 2011

Seoul, Korea - Part 2

Before the trip to the National Folk Museum that I shared last post, we had a walk around the traditional Korean style Bukchon Hanok Village. We start off today's post with one of the houses there:

An old favourite of mine from wherever we are in the world - a nice doorway:

There are a good few museums in this area, two of which we visited and this is the entrance, gift shop and courtyard area of another:

A view up one of the streets (with another nice doorway, of course!!):

This is one of the houses on the outer perimeter of the district, i.e. across the road it's more modern style:

Back in the narrow streets of Bukchon Hanok and a number of the homes had their own chilli plants outside! Perhaps for homemade kimchi (a Korean spicy cabbage dish that's very famous, especially in East Asia).

This is the courtyard of the Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum, one of the two we did go into (the other being a knotwork one). Sadly, we weren't allowed to take photos of the exhibits and that is a shame as I would have loved to have shown the wonderful map of Korea piece, all worked in pinky-purple flowers!

Here's a cafe just outside Bukchon Hanok, but in a similar style:

Moving away now and this is the outer wall of the Gyeongbokgung Palace - next door to the Folk Museum, with one of it's gates (the main, front one, I think).

Walking back into a more central area on the way back to our hotel, we passed this guy sitting there in the middle of the street:

And here, looking very much like the business centre of any other large city, is a bit of the Seoul office block panorama as dusk was falling:

Just around the corner from our hotel, in Jongno District, we snapped this foodstall. In some ways, very similar to those in Taiwan, but so much neater more permanent looking than in Taipei....

Finally, a view down a street near our hotel:

We didn't get to stray very far from the hotel area on our own, but then we were only in Korea for two full days and most of the second was taken up by the Bethel trip (coming up next post), so I think we did quite well with what time we had. I'd love to go again. There are so many lovely palaces and so on in the city and I could happily visit a few more.=)

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