Happy New Year!

Happy 2012! I should have posted this on January 1st but…here we are.
Over the holiday break I visited my family in Seattle. It’s always fun to visit.
I had a good time eating, walking around the city, shopping, revisiting my favorite spots, etc..

Alleyway downtown Seattle, WA [iPhone 4 + Hipstamatic app, Helga Viking lens]

Pork belly, egg, and waffle from Skillet Diner in Seattle [iPhone 4 + Hipstamatic app, Helga Viking lens]

Decorations at the downtown Seattle Anthropologie [iPhone 4 + Hipstamatic app, Helga Viking lens]

Neon Lights of Seoul

As with what I experienced in Tokyo, the same goes for Seoul – a seemingly overwhelming amount of bright neon signs compete for attention. Though, I don’t remember there being THIS many neon signs in Seoul when I was younger. I tried not to post TOO many photos of these bright signs…it can be a bit dizzying.

[Nikon D3s, 50mm lens]

Buildings of Seoul

Along with development in technology, science, culture, etc., comes an influx of building and construction. It seems that though Seoul has been a dense city for a very long time, I felt the growth and density more than ever before during my most recent trip.

Front of apartments [Canon 5d + 50mm lens]

Buildings surround the Han River (Hangang) [Nikon D3s + 14-24mm wide angle]

 Ewha Womans University, Seoul [Nikon D3s, 50mm lens]

View of downtown Seoul from N Seoul Tower

Noryangjin Market, Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market is a famous market in Seoul. One unique thing about this place is that buyers can purchase their seafood/veggies on the ground floor then take it up to the second floor to have a restaurant cook it for them. People can request restaurants to prepare the seafood in any way they prefer. It’s an interesting experience that locals and tourists alike would appreciate. Vendors call out specials or sales while customers walk by and even then the prices can still be bartered – this makes for a lively market experience worth having.

[Nikon D3s, 50mm lens]

N Seoul Tower, Seoul

The N Seoul Tower sits atop Namsan, overlooking downtown Seoul and beyond. It reminds me a lot of the Mori Tower in Roppongi, Tokyo. At the N tower, there is a lot to see and do. There’s a cafe, a rotating restaurant, seemingly endless “Love Locks” (more on that later), a small cafe, couple of gift shops, and even a teddy bear museum. There are a few observations decks and a few ways of getting to the tower. Visitors can use the “Namsan Cable Car” to get most of the way up, then walk a few minutes to the tower. There are also buses that will go part way up the mountain as well. Visitors can also walk from the very bottom to the very top – it will take a while but the paths and stairs are wide and safe.

Besides the amazing view of Seoul from the tower, I really enjoyed seeing all the Love Locks. Families, friends, and lovers write messages on locks then lock them to a fence. There are other “Love Locks” locations around the world, including Paris, Vancouver Canada, Moscow, and other cities.


For more information, you can visit http://visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264550

[Nikon D3s, 14-24mm wide angle lens + 50mm lens]