Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Emergency Services

I was looking out my apartment window recently on another freezing cold day and saw this scene of someone being loaded into an ambulance across the street. The individual on the stretcher appeared not to be seriously hurt. I hope they make a speedy recovery.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More Snow

As we have not had much snow in Seoul this year, I am keen to show us much of the little we have had. This shot was taken on Namsan.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cool Cars

A recent view from my apartment window after a light snow fall.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gyeongbokgung Guard

A guard on duty at the front of the Gyeongbok Palace.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Namsan Snow

The remains of a recent snow fall on top of Namsan.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cable Cars

New cable cars travel up and down the side of Namsan.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all the viewers of this blog!

The photo today shows the all girl brass band performing on-stage as part of the Christmas show at the Lotte World Amusement Park.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Masks

The photo today was taken by my 15 year old son who is currently staying with me in Seoul. It was taken in Insadong and shows the masks on display outside a vendor's store.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hand Sculpture

I rarely use black and white but thought that it might add more of a dramatic effect to the subject for today. This sculpture of a hand is made from a series of roof-like tiles wired together. The sculpture stands as tall as a man and can be found in Yongsan Family Park.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Lotte World

A view of the indoor section of the Lotte World amusement park at Jamsil.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fluttering Flags

Korean flags flying with N Seoul Tower in the background.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chungdaechun

Chungdaechun, the Digital Stream, features "Digital Garden" a work by the Mexican artist Miguel Chevalier that involves the projection of laser-generated images along the walls of the Cheonggyecheon.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Insadong Shops

A dolls house view of a multi-level shopping centre in Insadong.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Faux Fountain

A replica of the Trevi Fountaion outside the Lotte department store an Jamsil.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Tree

The large illuminated Christmas tree in front of City Hall.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Burial Caisson


This photo was taken in the National Cemetery of Korea and shows the burial caisson of President Park Chung Hee. President Park was assassinated on 26 October 1979.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Skating at City Hall

Each year the plaza in front of City Hall is turned into an ice-skating rink. Admission is only 1,000 Won, which I'm told includes the hire of a helmet and skates. When I came past the rink yesterday there was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets and to get fitted out with gear.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Belated Post

I had to go into work yesterday to catch-up before going on holidays in the middle of next week. I was so busy that I completely forgot to make a post. So here is what should have gone up yesterday.

The photo shows one of the horses that pulls open carriages around Downtown near the Cheonggye stream.

Friday, December 12, 2008

City Hall Redevelopment

Workers on a heavy-duty scaffold at the front the Seoul City Hall. I'm not sure what's planned during the redevelopment project, but let's hope it doesn't go the way that the rear of the historic building did (click here)!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Illuminated Sleigh

Another set of Christmas lights, this time on a sleigh outside the I'Park store in Yongsan.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Love Thermometer

The Love Thermometer is set up in front of City Hall to monitor donations from the public. The target amount is represented by the 100 degrees mark and each degree equals one percent of the target amount.

I took this photo on Saturday when the "temperature" was at 11 degrees. I will revisit the site again before the year is out to see if it "boils"

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snowy Sunday in Yongsan

This was the scene from my apartment window on Sunday morning. It was the second snowfall that I've seen in Seoul so far this year and a light one at that. It also snowed again briefly the same evening but it all melted pretty much as quickly as it had arrived. It really doesn't seem as cold as it was this time last year. Anyway, I am having family from Australia come to stay next week and I am really hoping that the snow kicks in so that we can all have our first "White Christmas" together.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Past and Present

The recently restored statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin in central Seoul with Cheong Wa Dae, otherwise known as the Blue House, or the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, in the background.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Garden Lights

An early morning shot of the Christmas lights that my apartment management office has placed in the gardens near the entrance to the complex.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish*

The last of my mini Suwon-series this week. I saw this fishmonger's stall as I was leaving the Hwaseong Fortress and heading back to Suwon station to make the train trip home to Yongsan.

I am forever fascinated by the range of weird and wonderful sea creatures that are on sale at such places.

(* Apologies to the late Douglas Adams)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Suburban Suwon

A view across the coloured rooftops of suburban Suwon.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hwaseong Fortress


A view of part of the Hwaseong Fortress wall at Suwon. In the foreground there is a small gun called a bullanggi (click here to see the plaque near the gun). Suwon is a provincial city south of Seoul but can be reached on the suburban rail network.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stoned Love

A sculpture in the gardens of the National Cemetery of Korea.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Korean Magpie

A Korean magpie. I saw one of these beautiful birds sitting on the window sill of a colleague at work this afternoon. Although I wasn't quick enough to get a photo, I offer up this one that was taken a little while back.

Speaking of things that fly (or not as the case may be), I mentioned in a post the other day that I had been caught up with the closure of both airports in Bangkok. Well, I managed to get out of Thailand on Saturday morning on a flight from U-tapao International Airport, which is about 2 hours drive south east of Bangkok. I spent the previous night standing up at the international departure gate, together with hundreds of other travellers, after I was bumped to a later and even further delayed flight. I finally got back into my apartment at Seoul at about 6 pm on Saturday night, having spent 23 hours travelling. I hope that the following short video gives you some indication of the chaos that was (and for the time being probably still is) U-tapao:

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Theme Day December 2008: Spheres/Circles


The theme this month is spheres/circles and there are more than 185 blogs participating. These particular spheres form part of a water feature in the grounds of Seoul Olympic Park. I like this photo as there are reflections of the spheres within the spheres (as well as the reflection of your City Photoblogger, if you look very closely). You will also see circular depressions in some of the spheres, which is a bonus for this Theme Day.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Colourful Costumes

Guards in traditional dress on top of Namsan.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Big Love

A colour-reversed mini version of the Love Sculpture made famous by Robert Indiana. This one is in the window of a building in Yongsan. If you look closely, you will see the ghostly reflection of your City Photo-Blogger.

On a note with a different underpinning emotion, I am currently stuck in a hotel in Bangkok after both the international and domestic airports were closed on Tuesday night by protestors. At the moment there is no end in sight and I am not exactly loving the situation I find myself in. At this rate I may be forced to file postcards from Bangkok...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Seoul Cityscape

Looking along the Han River towards Namsan and N Seoul Tower (top centre of the image). This photo was taken from the Namhansan Fortress.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mini Concert

Musicians perform in a mini concert at Seoul's Incheon Airport with a spectacular Christmas decoration suspended behind them.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sinyongsan Subway Entrance

Early morning at the Sinyongsan subway entrance. There is a stairway straight ahead that goes down to an underground concourse from which you can then descend to the platforms. Note the stands (red, yellow, blue and green) near the entrance that hold copies of four different free newspapers for commuters.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pots of Poinsettias

Poinsettias in pots at the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Squares and Rectangles

A gentle curve separates the patterns of four-sided figures formed by the walls and ceiling above the entrance to the National Museum of Korea.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Northern Exposure

Looking North from Yongsan towards the Bukhansan National Park.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holding On

A few defiant leaves retain their green colour in a sea of red brethren.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Water Wall

Another shot taken at the National Museum of Korea. This time of the sculptured water wall near the lake.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea at Yongsan. The museum is an easy walk from my apartment, or a very short train trip (one more stop on Line 4). Besides the wonderful exhibits, it also has restaurants, a great gift shop and lovely gardens.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sinyongsan Subway Station

The photo above shows the platform at Sinyongsan subway station. Sin (pronounced "shin") means new in Korean. The station is currently being refurbished; the old metal safety rails on the platform have been removed and are being replaced with the sliding doors seen at many other stations in Seoul. New TV monitors have also been fitted as shown above.

Monday, November 17, 2008

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower, atop Namsan, sparkles in the late afternoon autumn sun.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yongsan Sunrise

The view from my apartment window a few minutes ago as the sun rose over a nearby building.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Traditional Dress

Mannequins in traditional dress (hanbok) at the Namsan Folk Village.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Men at Work

Workmen in the basket at the end of a crane make repairs to the sign at the top of the Woongin Building at SNU Research Park.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Deoksu Dreaming

An HDR (High Dynamic Range) image created in a program called qtpfsgui using three separate, hand-held, exposures of the same scene; in this case the inside of one of the pavilions at the Deoksu Palace. The resultant image was then adjusted with a program called IrfanView. I like the surreal dream-like appearance of these types of images.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

King Sejong

The statue of King Sejong at the Deoksu Palace. King Sejong, often referred to as "Sejong the Great", was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty and is best remembered for being the creator of the Korean alphabet (hangul).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gingko Leaves

Fallen ginkgo leaves in autumn livery form a carpet on the grounds of the Deoksu Palace.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Strap Hanging

A fellow passenger on a subway train takes no chances and hangs on with both hands. However, more often than not, most passengers, who are not seated, do not use the straps or hand rails when standing and kind of "surf" the moving train as it rocks and sways between subway stops.