Just A Moment In Seoul
Capital of South Korea
We visited Seoul for some fun-filled days, before winter snowfall and after their hot humid summer, basking in the comfort of perfect late fall weather while relishing the latest in Korean culture, arresting art, delicious food, and stellar shopping.
Seoul was founded in 18 BC over 2000 years ago but is a bustling metropolis holding a cityscape full of modern skyscrapers beautifully juxtaposed with original palaces, temples and gates hundreds of years old. Similar to New York City's boroughs, the city is divided into 25 districts or "gu" which are further divided into neighborhoods or "dong."
Seoul's streamlined subways are spotlessly clean along with the rest of the super high-tech city which over 10 million people call home. It's where pop culture (and K-pop) coincides with old street markets filled with mouthwatering fare. This is all surrounded in breathtaking summits (the country is 70% mountains) and the vast and placating Han River (the city was strategically built around the massive waterway).
The warm kindred spirits of South Koreans who have endured generations then and now of serious war torn politics show an undying loyalty for their country, heartfelt care for family, education, health and well-being (including a noticeable attentiveness and kind respect to its elderly and children) along with a passion for forging ahead in the tech industry, beauty industry (skincare!), finance, art, and consumerism.