Obviously, my travel style and picture taking skills have changed a lot since 2001.
And so has Seoul. I think. Although I have no pictures to prove it, every old familiar corner sure looks different today.
Seoul holds a special place in my heart. Korea was my first introduction to Asia, and by far the largest city I'd ever seen. Today, it's population stands at over 10 million people.
And every one of them is super polite. I do remember that for sure.
In addition, I've been here for over 36 hours already and haven't heard the song "Gangnam Style" once. Thank GOD! Of course, I haven't BEEN to the Gangnam yet, either. Jet lag is still keeping us close to home, early to bed and WAY early to rise.
So, here's a quick tour around the Jongno area of downtown Seoul.
|We are currently at the Seoul Plaza Hotel, located directly across from City Hall (pictured). We are moving to Insa-Dong today. I still can't read the word dong all over everything without a giggle. So immature. . .|
|Dong Dong (giggle giggle)|
|Twelve years ago, coffee was very difficult to find. VERY. Now there's a Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or some local outlet on almost every corner. One of my favorite new additions to the coffee culture. Nothing kinky here!|
|I honestly do not remember what used to be here, I'm guessing a road. But now we have a sub-street level canal with a wonderful walking path. The town feels very green.|
|Had to take a picture of this. Need to find out the meaning behind it.|
Okay. Time to throw our bags in a taxi and head to our new digs in Insa-dong (giggle). I really need to grow up.