Driving Around Seoul
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These are various pictures I took while we were driving around the city, either on the Seoul City Bus Tour or on our trip up to the DMZ.
First and foremost, you can't help but notice that you can hardly see anywhere in Seoul! I wondered if it was fog, pollution, or what. I thought at night it would clear some and we'd have a better view from our room but no such luck. You can see almost all my photos look grainy - it's not a bad camera, just really hard to see sometimes. Apparently, we visited in what they call "hwangsa" or "yellow dust" season. Combined with obvious pollution, this yellow dust consists of tiny particles of sand from China and Mongolia that blow down through wind storms.
One thing I noticed right off was the number of bridges in Seoul. There are currently 27 bridges that connect various parts of Seoul over the Han River. At night, the bridges all feature different lighting patterns and techniques, making the city even more gorgeous.
As Seoul is one of the most populated cities in the world with over 10 million and it's metropolitan population twice that, it's no wonder the city is filled with numerous skyscrapers and high rise living facilities.
Shopping Districts & Itaewon
Seoul has some awesome shopping districts and fortunately for my checkbook and credit cards, we did not have time to really explore them. Although I am slightly disappointed, I really wanted to see more of the culture and visit the palaces.
We did spend some time in Itaewon both Saturday night after the concert and again on Sunday after the DMZ tour. Itaewon is a very touristy area complete with many American bars and restaurants. You can find foods from many cultures including Mexican and Thai, restaurants not normally common in Korea. Of course there were the American staples like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Popeyes, Pizza Hut, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, and even a Krispy Kreme! LOL. Of course Starbucks were all over and I even saw a few 7-Elevens which was interesting. On a completely random note, someone once pointed out the absurd sign in a 7-Eleven one day....if they are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day - why is there a sign that says "door must remain unlocked during business hours"?? They never close, when would they need to lock the doors? Hmmm..just curious!