Friday, February 29, 2008

Raising the Flag (a very long way)

A few brave seouls shoot baskets in freezing conditions in front of the giant flagpole on the Culture Plaza, Yeouido.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Great Wall of Shoes

A (slightly out of focus and grainy) shot of a well known brand of plastic shoes on display in Itaewon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Patches of Colour

I happened to be on the grounds of Seoul National University (SNU) yesterday. It was a graduation day and there were many graduands in academic robes, proud families, photographers, flower and food stalls and balloon vendors all over the campus. I took this hastily composed snap on the way back to work. I like the contrast between the brightly coloured balloons and the snowy background.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snowfa?


It snowed lightly for most of yesterday and it is forecast again for today. Last night while walking to the subway after work I spied this sofa and chairs abandoned outside an apartment building in Nakseongdae.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Trainspotting


I saw this train leaving Yongsan and heading north on the weekend. It's not a normal suburban train locomotive and it's not the bullet-shaped KTX. If any of my readership know what sort of train this is, please let me know...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Single File

Four ducks about to go swimming in the chilly Han River (note the ice on the bank).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Downtown

A panoramic view of downtown Seoul taken from the viewing platform on Namsan.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Seoul Sunset

Sunset on the Han River. The tall building on the left is the 63 Building. The shot was taken without tripod from the bridge at Dongjak.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Apartment Central

High-rise apartment buildings dominate Seoul's skyline. This photo shows an aerial view of apartments near the 63 Building at Yeouido.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Korea's Nelson?

The statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin near Gwanghwamun Subway Station, central Seoul. Admiral Yi is a famous Korean naval hero and is credited with designing and building the equally famous turtle ship. He has been likened to England's Lord Nelson.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Palatial Accommodation

Inside the Deoksu Palace compound (near City Hall subway station).

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar...


A display case at the Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum, Jegi-dong. The museum provides a fascinating insight into the history and culture of herbal medicine in Korea. The collection includes medicinal ingredients derived from animal, plant and mineral sources.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Home in the Suburbs

A Korean magpie's nest in a tree in front of an apartment building Yeouido Island. For much of the year nests like this go unnoticed. In the winter, when the trees are devoid of leaves, it becomes apparent just how many of these large stuctures there are across the city.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Let's go fly a kite

Flying a kite beside the Han River at Ichon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Legging It!

I saw these young ladies out walking in Itaewon on the weekend. It never ceases to amaze me that that so many young women dress in short skirts or shorts in the sub-zero conditions that we experience in Seoul over the winter.

Monday, February 11, 2008

National Treasure No. 1

Sungnyemun, otherwise known as Namdaemun, is an historic gate in Seoul (built in 1395) that was classified as National Treaure No. 1 in 1962. Sadly, the entire wooden upper section of the gate was destroyed by fire the night before last. It had been the oldest wooden structure in the city. I took this photo in July last year and post it in memory of this once beautiful structure.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sous le Pont

Underneath the Dongjakdaegyo Bridge across the Han River. I combined and tone-mapped three bracketed-exposures to produce this image.

"Here's looking at you, kid"

Outside a restaurant in Nakseongdae

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bumper Cars

A minor traffic incident near Sinyongsan subway station yesterday afternoon. The guy in white coat and hat is a policeman who was on duty on the corner of this intersection when the taxi 'bumped' the car in front. No real damage done and they all went their separate ways.

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Moment of Reflection

Mirrored wall, Skydeck level, 63 Building,
Yeouido Island, Han River

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Going Home

Passengers waiting for trains to take them home for
the Lunar New Year Holidays, Yongsan Station

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Coffee Anyone?

Vending machine, Chungmuro subway station

Monday, February 4, 2008

Death of a Snowman

The remains of a snowman, SNU campus

Life and Death

National Cemetery, Dongjak-dong

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Let there be Light!

"Luce Vista", the Festival of Light display, Seoul Plaza

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Cultured View

Central hall, National Museum of Korea

Friday, February 1, 2008

Stone-Faced

Roof detail Gyeonghuigung