"Seoul" Seoul by nicolaitan

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The Vibrant Capitol of South Korea

For centuries the capitol of the "Hermit Kingdom", Seoul has become a major world capitol with emphasis on technology, commerce, and sports. Yet the great traditions of Korea are maintained with history-laden temples, palaces, and gardens all accessible to the visitor. Destroyed by Manchu and Japanese invasions in the 16th and 17th Centuries and left a mass of rubble by the Korean Conflict, today this metropolis is a rebuilt city with high rise buildings and high technology. Yet it retains the aura of its ancient culture at every turn. For Koreans of every age, the palaces of Seoul are a magnet for the celebration of their heritage, often, as with the little girl at the right, in traditional garb. Other photos include schoolchildren from Pusan at Oh Soo Moon Gate and a proud papasan at the Boo Yung Jung bower, both in the Secret Garden of the Changdeok Palace.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    A student of mine comes from Seoul and she says it is her favorite city in the world. Your tips make it sound very pleasant and interesting as well.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 4:41 AM

    Interesting information on Korean Conflict, and the (in just 14 days liberated) town of Seoul! Awesome sunrays!! I wonder why visitors aren't allowed on Hyongwon-Jeong bridge/pavilion?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    The pavilions are so stunning and the memorials are always a wonderful find. The shopping there is probably a lot of fun! Wonderful page!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    You got some rather lovely photos here - including excellent people shots! which i reckon are pretty hard to get!enjoyed my several hour visit here in Sept andhave enjoyed yr tips to add!

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    Thanks for Nice Seoul Page

  • Mar 10, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    I love Asia and hope to be and in Seul one day! volopolo

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Nice tips!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Lovely to see all these gardens with the temples. I'm sure they must be an oasis from all the traffic.

  • diocletianvs's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Oh, those gardens look like spas for stress-relief. And the old photos add a great atmosphere.

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 8:50 PM

    Great page! Thank you for the tips.

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