Friday, February 20, 2009

"I am just going outside and may be some time"

The title of my post today comes from the words spoken by Captain Lawrence Oates before walking to an icy death in 1912 while a member of Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

Yes, that's me walking away in the shot above and while I am not going off to my end in the snow, this blog is about to do just that. It is in fact snowing as I type what will be my last entry. When I started it I wasn't sure if I could keep it going for more than a couple of months. Well, it has been just over a year now and I have enjoyed sharing my views of the city of Seoul with folks from all over the world. While I am going to be staying on here, my job and other activities are making it hard for me find the time to capture fresh images that do not repeat previous themes.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has dropped by, but particularly "my regulars", and all of you who have taken the time and trouble to leave a comment or ask a question. Alas, I have not been as diligent in replying or reciprocating and for that I apologize. To my fellow City Daily Photobloggers, keep up your good work.

I will leave the blog up until 16 March, after time which I shall delete it from Blogger.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009


A little boy pushes his own stroller at Seoul Olympic Park.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Guards and musicians from the Deoksu palace make their along Chonggyecheon in downtown Seoul.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Namdaemun Market

Early morning at Namdaemun Market.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Great Wall

Part of the wall of the UNESCO world heritage listed Hwaseong fortress at Suwon.

Happy Valentine's Day

This is going up a whisker late on my side of the world as I had a busy day yesterday. Anyway, this shot was taken in my apartment. I thought that the chocolates from Belgium, the sparkling wine from Australia and the flowers with a Dutch connection gave this an international flavour.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Flying Bird Tea House

One of the flying birds in the Flying Bird Tea House in Insadong.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Fossilized" Paw Prints

I saw these paw prints that had been preserved in the pavement and they reminded me of the images that I have seen of fossilized dinosaur footprints. Who knows, maybe these will tell archaeologists and anthropologists of the future something about the pets that Seoulites used to keep in this century.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Buksumun, the northern floodgate at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, south of Seoul.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

President Rhee's Tomb

The tomb of Syngman Rhee and his wife. Mr Rhee was the first president of South Korea and led the country during the Korean War.

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Sign

A sign on top of a kiosk in downtown Seoul.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


A representation of Hodori, the official mascot for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, carved in a panel at the Seoul Olympic Park Site.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jongno Tower

The landmark Jongno Tower by night.

Friday, February 6, 2009


One of many interesting and unusual sculptures in the grounds of Seoul Olympic Park.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bare Trees

Trees at Seoul Olympic Park.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Cut logs neatly stacked against a wall at the Jogye Buddhist temple in downtown Seoul.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Deoksu and Guards

The changing of the guards ceremony at the Deoksu palace.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Getting Ahead

The head of a statue of Buddha in the National Museum of Korea.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Theme Day February 2009: Paths and Passages

The theme this month is "Paths and Passages" and there are around 95 City Daily Photobloggers participating (Click here to view thumbnails for all participants).

The photo above shows a passage running down one side of the Gyeonghui Palace (Gyeonghuigung).

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Lights Go Down

Workmen take down the Christmas lights in downtown Seoul this afternoon.

Friday, January 30, 2009


The frozen pond on the SNU campus with a very large crack in its surface. It looked to me like the ice was 15-20 cm thick and it happily supported the weight of the students who were walking across it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Step at a Time

A wooden staircase used to gain access up onto the wall that winds up towards Bukhan mountain (Bukhansan).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gyeongbok Roof

The rooftop of a Gyeongbok Palace pavilion after a recent snowfall.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cool Dog

A dog goes for an early morning walk in the snow on the rooftop of a house below my apartment.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Beautiful Birds

I don't know what sort of birds these are but there was a flock of them floating on a small patch of unfrozen water in the pond at Changgyeonggung this afternoon.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bhaisajyaguru Buddha

This stone Bhaisajyaguru Buddha (or healing Buddha), from the unified Silla period (9th century), now resides in the National Museum of Korea.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


A roof decoration at the Gyeongbok Palace complete with an icicle on one of its teeth.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seoul Science Park

A composite image of three exposures of Seoul Science Park combined and tone-mapped using the HDR program "Qtpfsgui".

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

National Folk Museum

A display case at the National Folk Museum.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Demonstration

I heard the sound of chanting a few minutes ago and looked out of my apartment window to see the scene above. A short time later a group of about 200 police offices with helmets and shields came running up the road behind them. I'm not sure what's going on, but if I do I'll report back tomorrow.

PS (22 Jan) - The demonstration appears to have been the result of the situation surrounding a fire that caused the deaths of five protesters and one police officer in Yongsan yesterday morning. For more details, click here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

One Drink Too Many?

You could be excused for thinking that you may have had one drink too many upon seeing the larger-than-life pink crocodile and his pallid pal, but they form part of a display outside a building in Yongsan.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Shopping Central

The ever popular Namdaemun Market; where you can find just about anything.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

More Snow

This time near our apartment in Yongsan.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Snowy Scene

Today we had our first decent snowfall of the season. It was snowing when I looked out our apartment window at about 6:30 am this morning and the cold white fluffy stuff continues to fall as I type this. The image above is what I could see a few moments ago when I looked down from my office window. I think that the trees look beautiful all dusted with snow.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Skating on Thin Ice

Two students take a short cut across the frozen pond on the campus of Seoul National University.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Frozen Waterfall

A partially frozen waterfall drops into the pond on the campus of Seoul National University (SNU).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Downtown Waterfall

The waterfall near the start of Cheonggyecheon in downtown Seoul as seen at night.

Monday, January 12, 2009

An Old Flame

An old fashioned oil-lamp burns in a store in Insadong.

Photo credits for this image go to my wife.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Paldalmun, also known as Nammun (South Gate), is part of the Hwaseong Fortress complex at Suwon. The Hwaseong Fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Legs Eleven

Well, actually a few more in this display of stockings/tights on a vendor's stall.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Doing the Splits

The unusual facade of a building in downtown Seoul.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wedding Ceremony

A display at the National Folk Museum recreating a traditional wedding ceremony.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Stone Carving

A carving at the Gyeongbok Palace with a palace pavilion backdrop.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Leaping Lizards

Well not exactly, but a photo of one in a terrarium in the pet store at the I'Park shopping complex in Yongsan.

Photo credits go to my son who took this image together with the linked one.

Monday, January 5, 2009


The six-sided Hyangwonjeong Pavillion on an island in a frozen pond at the Gyeongbok Palace (Gyeongbokgung).

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fast Food

A fast food stall in Insadong.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tall Tails

Asiana jets lined up at the gates of the old terminal at Incheon airport.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Smoke Signal Station

The smoke signal station on top of Namsan with guards in period costume.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I am not participating in the Theme Day this month (due to a total lack of organization).

Anyway the photo for today was taken at at the Hwaseong Fortress at Suwon. It shows a lock on an open door in the fortress wall. I like the combination of wood, metal and brick and the variation in colour and texture in the shot. I also think that it symbolizes the door being closed on one year and it being opened on another.

I hope that you all have a happy, prosperous and successful New Year.