Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

At the Top

A hiker surveys the scene having reached the top of a shoulder of Kwanaksan.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


The beginning of the Cheonggyecheon stream in central Seoul.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rainy Day

Another photo taken from my apartment window. This time of a rainy late afternoon in Yongsan.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Simmering Sign

A photo of a sign across the street from my apartment. The Korean characters spell out "motel".

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Underwater, Underground

Goldfish do their thing at Gwanghwamun subway station.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gwanghwamun Garden

Diagonally opposite Gwanghwamun there is small park with paved areas, trees and ornamental gardens. At the rear of the park there is a pond and at the moment the water lilies are in bloom.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Faux Flock

A flock of faux seabirds appears to fly up beside the escalators at the I'Park shopping complex a Yongsan.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Police Line-Up

A row of police motorcycles near the Gwanghwamun Gate of the Gyeongbuk Palace.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Patriotic Paddler

A man in a kayak proudly displays the Korean flag as he paddles up the Han River.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Drop Off Point

A young cyclist drops off her passenger in the middle of the bicycle path beside the Han River near Jamsil.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jongno Tower

The iconic Jongno Tower above Jonggak subway station in Jongno, central Seoul.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Changgyeonggung Stele and Taesil

This photo was taken in the grounds of Changgyeonggung, one of Seoul's historic palaces. The structure at the rear is the taesil (a stone container that is used to store a placenta) of King Seongjong . In front is a stele (a vertical stone pillar with a commemorative inscription) mounted on the back of a turtle.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Recognizing Creativity

Firstly, today's image is a composite from three exposures of a bridge across the Han River well to the west of Seoul.

Secondly, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday by Murphy_Jay of Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) Daily Photo who awarded me the Arte y Pico (the image at left) for this blog. Thanks Murphy_Jay! In the spirit of the rules of the award (see below), I have decided to pass it on to five of my fellow photo-bloggers whose blogs I enjoy. So, in alphabetical order, the award now goes to:

Abraham Lincoln at Brookville Daily Photo

Bitingmidge at Sunshine Coast Daily

Chuck Pelfey at One a Day - Mostly Seattle

Kim at Seattle Daily Photo

Michael Blamey at St Kilda Today

Here are the rules of this award :

1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider 'deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and which contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language they are in.'

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him/her the award itself.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize has to show the Arte y Pico blog so that everyone will know the origin of the award.

5. Each award winner has to post these rules. Just copy and paste the rules above. Copy, save, and paste the Arte y Pico award and pick your deserving five!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Silhouette Sculpture

An interesting sculpture in Hangang Park beside the Han River.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Seoulites take advantage of a warm summer's day and enjoy activities on the Han River near Jamsil.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Up on the Roof

Rooftops of houses near the railway between Ichon and Yongsan stations. For at least one owner it was laundry day.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Seoul Forest

A deer rests in the heat of the day at Seoul Forest, Ttukseom, northeast of Seoul.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Field of Flowers

A massed floral display beside the Han River. Seen through the haze in the background is the National Assembly Building.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Same but Different

This can of soft drink probably looks familiar to you even if you are unable to read the Korean script on the side. The writing on the can is in fact a phonetic Korean version of "Coca Cola - Light".

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Down Tools

A worker takes a break from re-laying paving in Nakseongdae.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Colourful Construction

A construction site on the west side of Dongjak subway station.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You gotta...know when to fold 'em...

The title of the post today comes from "The Gambler", famously sung by Kenny Rogers. The photo was taken in the entry hall of my apartment. It shows my recently acquired folding bicycle which was produced by a Korean company called Samchuly. I bought it from my local bicycle store owner who operates a small shop just around the corner from my apartment tower.

As you can probably see, it doesn't take up much space; an important factor in my choice from the available models. I could have gone for one with very small wheels and limited gearing, but opted for this one as it had full size wheels (26 inch) and 21 gears. It has a large hinge mechanism in the middle of the frame which allows it to be folded in half (hopefully NOT while I am riding it!). The vendor fitted mudguards, put in a longer seat post, gave me a lock and a reasonable discount on the catalogue price. I have take it for a couple of long rides east and west along cycle path beside the Han River and was easily able to keep up with the lycra-clad crowd. The catalogue photo and technical details (in Korean) can be seen here.

By the way, the object hanging above the bicycle is a kind of harness that I could use to lower myself to the ground in the event that a fire traps me in my apartment. It is attached to a metal arm (which looks incapable of supporting my hefty mass) which can be swung out through the window, after you break the glass with a nifty little hammer. Let's hope that I never have to gamble on using it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Eyes in the Sky

A police helicopter flies over the Han River near Hanganggyo.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Free Ride

A man pushes his daughter along the cycle path beside the Han River near Jamsil.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

About last night...

Last night there was a 4th of July fireworks display over the U.S. Army garrison at Yongsan. I took this snap hand-held from my apartment window.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Seongsugyo Spans

Seongsugyo, or the Seongsu Bridge across the Han River, is an impressive steel and concrete structure. However, at around 07:40 hours on 21 October 1994, it collapsed killing 32 people and injuring another 17. The rebuilt bridge reopened to traffic in July 1997.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

For the Birds

A pigeon rests on the grass in Hangang Park. We were having a picnic and this bird wandered over and sat very close to us. It didn't seem too interested in our lunch; maybe just wanted some company?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A bridge too far

A red bus travels across the Hannam Bridge while under the span can be seen the blue and orange Dongho bridge at Oksu. If you look hard into the distance there is yet a third bridge that can be seen.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Spilling Over

Water flows over the weir next to Jamsildaegyo on the Han River at Jamsil.

Postscript - Although I didn't elect to participate in the theme day this month, the theme of which was "No . . ." signs, it appears that I accidentally did. The green sign at the bottom of the shot says, amongst other things, "No Fishing", as does the small yellow sign on the very right hand edge of the shot!