A couple of weeks ago marked my first time in South Korea. I have a long list of places to visit, and Seoul has been way up there on my list for a while now. One aspect in particular that I loved about Seoul was its mix of new and old architecture. There are some incredible structures throughout the city. Another is its delicious local food – I had Korean BBQ most nights, many bowls of kimchi stew as well as their infamous spicy fried chicken! This photo diary is slightly different to the ones in the past – I’ve split this into little segments, so you can read a little about what I saw…
Images above were taken whilst strolling through the area Cheongdam-dong in Gangnam-du district. Cheongdam-dong’s Fashion Street (as it’s known) is an up-market area, with many luxury fashion houses scattered throughout. Cheongdam-dong has an abundance of beautiful contemporary structures. One of my favourite buildings is Maison Martin Margiela MM6′s fashion store (pictured last), which was previously home to Ann Deumelemeester flagship store for Seoul.
INSADONG ANTIQUE MARKET
The antique market in Insadong spans along one street with a few little stalls located on the smaller adjacent streets. This market was especially interesting. I love perusing old trinkets – I am a firm believer that someone else’s trash is someone else’s treasure. You can find anything and everything there, but I particularly loved looking at the masses of vintage toys and the beautiful weathered pottery and crockery. I could have spent hours and hours scouring the stalls had I not been strapped for time.
Dosan Park is located right in the heart of the Sinsa-dong in luxurious Gangnam-du. The park was established in 1973 to commemorate the achievement of independence activist An Chang-Ho.
This is a really great experience for those of you who love seafood. Everything here is unbelievably fresh! You can buy the seafood you’d like to eat that day, bring it up to the restaurants upstairs, and for a fee, they cook it fresh for you then and there. I had some fresh sashimi, fresh oysters and got some prawns and fish fillets cooked in one of the restaurants. Besides that awesome experience, I really loved the way the stall owners arranged their produce – all the colours, shapes and textures looked so awesome together!
Walking through Changdeokgung Palace is a really peaceful and scenic experience. It was built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) and is one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built during that era. Most of the palaces were damaged during the Japanese occupation, so what is remaining is only a small portion of the palaces’ greatness.
DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA
This very special building was designed by infamous architect Zaha Hadid and Korean design studio Samoo. Dongdaemun is a large shopping area with many shopping centres filled to the brim with affordable fashion. So, if you go for the shopping please take some time to have a look at this magnificent structure – its shape and insane curvature will blow you mind!