Blogs from Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, Asia


Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Gwanghwamun September 20th 2015

Seoul Museum of History is not one of the major sights in the city. I only learnt about the place a couple of years ago, and kept meaning to visit, but I also kept forgetting about it. With a couple of free hours, I decided to head there and learn more about this beast of a city. The museum is in a good location. I walked there from the City Hall area by Deoksugung Palace. I had checked the map and the museum's website and it was about a 15 minute walk. The museum is situated next to Gyeonghuigong Palace. Outside of the museum, there is an old streetcar that operated on the city's streets between 1939 and 2964. The first streetcars began operating in 1899 on May 17th between Cheongnyangni and Jongno. They were the ... read more
Seoul Museum of History
Stone Civil Official Figures
Seoul Museum of History

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu August 23rd 2015

Ihwa Mural village is located in Seoul, close to Daehaengno. I visited Gaemi mural village a few months ago, and I had been wanting to visit its more famous sister, Ihwa mural village. Ihwa is a 'moon village' like Gaemi Mauel is, and the murals were painted to gentrify the area. In 2006, a local public art committee carried out what was called the Naksan Project to improve the local area. Around 60 artists participated in this project either by painting murals or installing pieces of art. The mural village is pretty easy to get to. Lots of people have written blogs about visiting it. Sometimes the directions are spot on, however other times they leave a lot to be desired. I took the subway to Hyehwa, and came out of exit two. I walked straight, ... read more
Ihwa Mural Village
Ihwa Mural Village
Ihwa Mural Village

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Gwanghwamun April 29th 2015

Our connection from Athens to Seoul was in Moscow and I was pumped to finally be stepping foot in Russia. Binnson has heard stories of Russia being a pretty racist place for Asians to travel to which has deterred us from getting there so far..... but I won't rule it out just yet! Although we weren't leaving the airport, we still had fun walking around checking out babushkas, lavish faberge eggs, and other such goodies - my favorite being a Putin t-shirt and cell phone covers vending machine :-) We shot into the future and landed in Seoul late the next morning. As we were meeting up with some friends in Korea to tour around with, we hung out at the airport for a little bit waiting for one of them who was getting in to ... read more
Waiting for Russ at the airport
War memorial and museum
Street food lady

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu January 10th 2015

The Blue House, or to give it its Korean name, Cheongwadae is the executive office and official residence of the Korean head of state. It is where the current president Park Geunhye (and many presidents before her) lives and works. I had been meaning to visit the Blue House for years, but kept forgetting about it, as spaces are very limited. Finally, I decided that it had to be this winter. There are limited spaces available for English speakers, only ten per tour, with four tours either every Saturday or every other Saturday (I can't remember which). I had to reserve spaces on this tour months in advance, you have to get in early especially if you want a spot on a Saturday tour, I think the week day ones don't get booked up so quick. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Insadong May 9th 2014

This will be the last one!!! Are you bored yet ? Do you want to be included on my next travels? Do let me know . I am so glad I decided to stay in Seoul for a 6 day layover on my way home .What a great city . Walkable , interesting , varied , helpful people and good food to eat . My hotel was comfortable . Small room , heated floors , TV AND a computer and the most amazing shower and toilet. Enjoy the photos. ps .Somehow I never got around to finnishing this and I need to to keep my blog travels updated . besides I do want to show you what I saw in Seoul . As I had said it was cold there ,... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu February 10th 2014

Five weeks ago this journey began and tomorrow it will be coming to an end...mind you it is going to be a long day . I will actually arrive in Regina 2 minutes after I leave Korea .That international date line is a curious thing . I will have time to check my messages before I leave here though ...hint hint... My feet are sore ! I walked most of today and covered a lot of interesting ground . Seoul was designated as an International Design City a few years back . An honour it deserves .Some of the buildings individually and collectively are quite spectacular and when you add in the the traditional Hanoks and their charm it makes a great walk. I spent most of my time in what is called the Bukchon Village ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu February 9th 2014

When I got on the bus last night the bus driver recognized me from the day before .With little English he made the point that I had gotten on at Changdeokgung Palace...which was true .He then asked "discount?" Not exactly sure what he meant ,I had to think about that ...and realized that he remembered me from the day before and there is a discount if you buy a 2 day ticket ($5)so I said yes I had gone to the ticket office with his ticket and explained I hadn't known of the 2 day ticket and they did give me a second ticket for a discount.He was pleased that this had happened . At the next stop he typed something into his Iphone (?) and showed me the translation on the screen "where had I ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu February 9th 2014

Krista I NEEDED a coat ! Yesterday was cold ... it snowed off and on all day and it accumulated on the ground but most of it has disappeared or been shovelled aside. It did leave icy streets this morning which I had to watch out for when I left the hotel . As I had said I would I spent most of yesterday indoors . I bought a 2 day Seoul City Tour Bus ticket for $20 . The whole circuit takes 2 hours but it also has a hop- on hop- off feature that allows you to visit any of the 27 places/areas along the way . Way cheaper than a cab and you actually get to see where you are going unlike in the subway.So I was off. My first stop was the ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu February 8th 2014

Good morning MaryAnne ,Shirley ,Suzanne,Carole and Jo . It is snowing here this morning .I am so glad I bought my coat . Today will be a mostly museum , gallery kind of day . I started using the Nasonex this morning as my left ear is blocked and I want it cleared before I fly. CNN has been broadcasting Sochi highlights this morning . Looks good .... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu February 7th 2014

What a difference 5 hours makes! We left Yangon at midnight and arrived in Seoul 5 hours later ...and nearly froze our buns!!From +30 to 0 is a huge shift ...and don't laugh at us wimps ,our bodies weren't ready for it and in spite of some forethought I didn't have the clothes layers readily available in my backpack .I had also developed a cold in Yangon . Oh well , I managed . Suzanne and I got lucky and had one more adventure before we parted ways. Incheon Airport and Seoul city together offer free tours for people who are in transit and would otherwise be sitting at the airport for hours . With Suzanne's boarding pass for Montreal we were able to go on a 5 hour tour of Central Seoul hitting the high ... read more

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