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.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Namhansan Again

This photo shows the Namhansan fortress wall snaking off into the distance.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Namhansan Revisted

I have written previously about Namhansan Fortress (Namhansanseong) in this blog. I went there again today to see the forest in all its autumn glory and I wasn't disappointed. This photo was taken near the military pavilion that has been classified as Tangible Cultural Treasure of Gyeonggi-do No. 1. Apart from resizing, I have not modified the image.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Autumn Colours

The trees around the pond on Seoul National University campus display their autumn colours.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Time Capsule

The time capsule (concrete disk at the bottom of the shot) in the grounds of the Namsan Hanok Village complex near Chungmuro subway station, with N Seoul Tower in the background.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Candy Cotton Vendor

A somewhat camera-shy candy cotton (fairy floss) vendor in Nakseongdae makes his confection on the back of a motorcycle.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Singijeon - An Early WMD?

The Singijeon is an early kind of multiple rocket launcher developed in Korea by Choe Museon during the Goryeo Dynasty. It is claimed to be the oldest weapon in the world for which there still exits a blueprint made when the weapon was constructed. The picture above shows one such Singijeon in the grounds of the Deoksu Palace.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Farm Dog

I had an opportunity to visit a mixed farm (poultry and vegetables) outside of Seoul. The photo above shows one of the pups of one of the farm dogs.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Nature Photographer

A photographer takes images of the natural environment in Hangang Park beside the Han River.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Theme Day November 2008: Books

The theme this month is books. My nearest book store is at the Yongsan I'Park Mall complex, above the Yongsan Station, and is called BooksCan.

Speaking of books (how is that for a segue?), I am currently reading "Buddha" by Karen Armstrong, "American Rifle" by Alexander Rose and "Sacred Causes" by Michael Burleigh; what are you reading?

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