5 days in Seoul, Korea-5/17-5/22/2023

Day 1
Arrival/Korean BBQ
Day 2
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hoa's Birthday at Mr. Ahn's Craf Magkeolli
Day 3
Changdeokgung Palace
Secret garden
Jongmyo Shrine
Dinner at Kyoyan Siksa
Day 4
Meyeong-Dong Cathedral
Hop on Hop off bus
Gwanjang Market
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Dinner at Yakitori Mook
Day 5
War Memorial Museum
Lotus Lantern Festival
Bukchon Village
Hongdae street
Dinner at Dono & Cocktails

Day 4: Hop on, Hop off tour bus- 5/20/23

City Tour Bus is a great way to see the city at a quick glance.  You get to see the hot spots of Seoul form the upper lever of a bright yellow bus.

The tour start at Dongdaemun Design plaza.  There is a bus I think every 20 minutes or so.


Staying in line to get in the bus.


We are on the bus and ready top tour the city.


The bus is now leaving and we passed by a large bronze statue in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)


 Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a major urban development landmark in Jung-gu, Seoul.  



Designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the 2004 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. It serves as a venue for exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, and domestic and international events. DDP is known for its unique design, regarded as the “world’s largest atypical 3D structure.”

Large shopping center in front of DDP.


Myeongdong Home improvement stores


Carpet, fences, cabinets, bathroom furnitures, etc... you can find anything here for your home


The is area is full of floor tiles.


A large statue of a man holding up a ball


High rise building along the way...


Lotte City Hotel is locate between Myeongdong and the center of business and shopping in downtown Seoul



The city is preparing for the Buddhist Lantern Festival


As Buddha's birthday approaches, tents and decorations are set up.


Statue of Admiral Yi-Sun-Sin.


Admiral Yi-Sun-Sin is a naval commander and revered from his victories over the Japanese during the late 16th century


 Gwanghwamun Square is located in the heart of Seoul.


Statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square.


 King Sejong is the 3rd Kong o Joseon Dynasty and inventor of the Korean alphabet.


Gwanghwamun square


Peace on Mind Buddha tree


Closer view of the Peace on Mind Buddha tree.


Seoul outdoor library in Gwanghwamun square with colorful giant bean bags for people to sit.


Lots of preparation with giant statues on display on Gwanghwamun square


Colorful Lanterns are hang along the street.


Sungnyemun gate is one of Seoul's historic four great gates and it was designated National Tresure by the Korean goverment in 1962.


Though its official name is Sungnyemum, it is also popularly known as Namdeamun Gate due to its location at what was once the southern end of Seoul.



The gate is the largest city gate witn an arched entrance in the city.  On top of the gate stands a 2 story wodden structure.  The gate is Seoul's oldest wooden structure but on Feb. 10, 2008 much of the gate's wooden structure was destroyed by fire.  Following several years of restoration, Sungnyemum Gate is now back to its former glory.


People dressed in Hanbok to visit the gate.


Phoenix fountain in front of the South Korean presidential residence


Seoullo 7017 which means “Seoul Road” and the combination of 1970 when the road was originally built and 2017 when it was reopened as a pedestrian walkway, is a must visit when you’re near Seoul Station. Now a public park, this walkway was a road that was set to be demolished in 2015 but Mayor Park Won Soon suggested turning it into an urban park similar to New York City’s High Line Park and the seed was planted. The path has 17 exits that lead into the nearby districts and along the way are planters that provide an industrial forest to walk through.



Former Seoul railroad station was built from 1922 to 1925 during the Japanese Occupation.  It is now a culture space for exhibition, lecture, performance, and movies.


You can see the green dome roof top of the Former Seoul railroad station .


The new Seoul train station, opened in 2004.


The building in blue is the post tower and completed in 2007


The post tower is the 20 stories building with an additional 7 floors below ground of Seoul Central Post office.

On the right is the Moonlight Rainbow fountain.


A colorful building.


Seoul tower on top of the hill


We are now headed back to Myeongdong


We are back to the Dongdaemun Design plaza.



NEXT...Gwangjang Market




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