Monday, August 29, 2011

Momente din Seul 34. Gangnam - La revedere si multumesc, Seul! / Seoul Moments 34. Gangnam - Good By and Thank You, Seoul!

My last post about Seoul will be about Gangnam, meaning the part of the town South of the River Han, which divide the metropolis in two parts. If in the North we find almost all the palaces, temples and old monuments which witnessed the history of the city, here, in the South the new town is developing.

Teheran Road, for example, is the center of the Korean IT, nicknamed "Teheran Valley" to create an anlogy with the American "Sillicon Valley". All the important software and IT companies have their headquarters here. But this is also the center of fashion and art. And also, Kukkiwon, an association promoting the national sport, Taekwondo, has the headequarter in Gangnam. If I would add other attractions as COEX, Bongeunsa Temple and Seonjeongneung with the royal tombs, about which I told you already, you will better understand why the tourists cannot miss Gangnam. On the many roads of Gangnam, everybody may find something to enjoy.

This time I will only show you some photos, and you will choose what you like.

Seoul being a city far less visited by my fellow countrymen heading to Asia, than, let's say, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing or Bangkok, I wanted to show them what kind of tradition, history and culture has this town to offer. And if I saw all these in only 7 days, just think how many one could see if the stay will be longer, and extended to all this beautiful country, where I felt myself safe every moment and where I gathered so many nice and unforgettable memories! Good by and thank you Seoul!


Ultima mea postare despre Seul se va referi la Gangnam, adica partea de oras de la sud de raul Han, care imparte metropola in doua. Daca la nordul raului gasim aproape toate palatele, templele si monumentele vechi care pastreaza istoria orasului, aici, in sud, creste orasul nou.

Bulevardul Teheran, de exemplu, este centrul IT-ului coreean, alintat cu porecla de "Teheran Valley", pentru a face o analogie cu faimosul Sillicon Valley american. Aici isi au sediul numeroase companii de software si IT. Tot aici insa este si centrul modei si al artei, Apgujeong-dong si Cheongdam-dong fiind cunoscute pentru asta. Kukkiwon, o asociatie pentru promovarea sportului national corean care este Taekwondo, isi are sediul tot in Gangnam. Daca as mai adauga alte atractii precum COEX, Templul Bongeunsa sau Seonjeongneung cu mormintele regale, despre care vi-am povestit deja, veti intelege de ce turistul venit la Seul nu poate rata Gangnamul. Fiecare poate gasi ceva pe placul sau aici, pe numeroasele bulevarde ale cartierului.

De data asta va voi arat doar niste fotografii, lasandu-va sa alegeti ce va place.

 Turnul Garak, 130 m inaltime, 24 etaje - terminat 2011
Seul fiind un oras mult mai putin vizitat de catre compatriotii mei care se indreapta spre Asia decat, sa zicem, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing sau Bangkok, am dorit sa va povestesc si sa va arat ce traditie, istorie si cultura bogata are acest oras atat de ofertant pentru turisti! Si daca toate acestea am reusit sa le vad doar in 7 zile, ganditi-va cate s-ar putea vedea daca ati aloca mai mult timp pentru vizitarea Coreei de Sud, o tara frumoasa si civilizata, in care m-am simtit in siguranta in orice moment si care mi-a daruit cu generozitae atatea amintiri frumoase! La revedere si multumesc, Seoul!


34 comments:

Randy said...

Interesting design on some of those buildings. I like the sculpture in the last shot.

Claudia Mihaila said...

Ca de obicei,un post foarte interesant. Multumim pentru frumoasa incursiune in Coreea de Sud!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Randy, for following my story of Seoul!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Claudia, pentru rabdarea de a urmari aceasta lunga relatare:)

joo said...

Fascinating modern architecture! What an amazing city it is! Thanks for taking us there:)
Have a great new week!

Traveling Hawk said...

It was my pleasure, Joo! Thank you for following the story.

VP said...

Some quite interesting art and some gorgeous buildings!

Traveling Hawk said...

VP, thank you for the appreciation!

teodora13 said...

A fost o serie foarte frumoasa si instructiva, in acelasi timp. Te citesc cu mare interes, chiar daca postez f rar. Iti multumesc pt aceasta minunata calatorie!

Per Ove said...

Very nice pictures of beautiful buildings:-)

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc mult, teodora13, pentru interes si aprecieri! Conteaza foarte mult!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank ypu, Per Ove! Have a great week!

Linda said...

Beautifu architectural photos!! I love the wavy skyscraper and the hands in the foreground to create great drama...You have wonderful compositions in these..I just got back from Las Vegas on my travels..I hope you had great summer on your travels friend, excellent work, regards, Linda

Traveling Hawk said...

Hi, Linda! Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. It really counts! Have a great week!

Liliana said...

Fii bucuroasa ca s-a intamplat! Si noi suntem ca ne-ai povestit.

dong ho said...

i really wonder why in the philippines we dont have buildings which have impressive designs as these.

just in awe of these structures. looks like they placed lots of ideas before it was built

Traveling Hawk said...

Sunt, Liliana! Si sper sa ma mai bucur...

Traveling Hawk said...

dong ho, on 2010 Seoul was the world's capital of design, may be that's why:) They are very advanced in architecture and construction, and I have seen but a very small part of it!

Liliana said...

In mod sigur!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc!

Doug Hickok said...

It has been a wonderful journey. Thank you for sharing the great pictures. I have never seen Seoul in such illuminating detail.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Doug! It was a pleasure to share with my virtual friends the wonders I have seen in Seoul.

Rocs said...

O incheiere pe masura articolelor anterioare! Adevarul este ca aveti dreptate, romanii se indreapta in primul rand spre China si Japonia, mult mai rar spre Coreea, deci cu atat mai mult articolele dumneavoastra au avut aerul placut al informatiei proaspete, mai putin impartasita pana acum. Va multumim!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc mult, Rocs, pentru cuvintele de apreciere! As fi bucuroasa daca fie si un singur cititor al lor se va fi simtit inspirat si va vizita Coreea de Sud in urma celor citite/vazute pe blogul meu.

Rizalenio said...

What a best way to end it here - modernity. Looking back at your past Korea posts, I got to see the beauty of their temples. Now, looking at all these wonderful buildings and art installations, I got to see their futuristic artistry which is very inspiring.

cartim said...

Turnul Garak este ciudat si ofera o iluzie optica interesanta ...
Pe cat de frumoasa este zona veche a orasului peatat de interesanta si moderna este aceasta parte care imbina sticla cu otelul .

Oricum Seoul este un oras interesant ...

Traveling Hawk said...

Rizalenio, I am glad you travelled with me in that part of the world, and that you enjoyed the journey! Thank you for all the kind words you posted along the travel.

Traveling Hawk said...

Cartim, turnul chiar e asa, nu este o iluzie optica! Este o zona fosrte moderna pe care n-am apucat sa o strabat in intregime dar stiu din ce am vazut pe internet ca sunt multe alte cladiri uluitoare. Si spun, pentru a N-a oara, ca daca as mai avea timp si bani, m-as mai intoarce acolo!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Interesting modern architecture and sculptures. It has been a fascinating journey in Seoul, thanks for giving me the opportunity to see it.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, J_on_tour, for being together with me in this journey!

Life Ramblings said...

wow, Seoul is such a fascinating and modern city. those buildings are certainly unique and each architecture is wonderful.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Life Ramblings, for coming along in this journey, and expressing your opinions!

MKL said...

I finally had the time to check all of your Seoul posts. You're truly a passionate blogger, you went in great detail, I'm sure you must be very popular travel blogger in Romania :) Your posts brought back memories to me. Seoul is a city I would like to visit over and over again and I hope I can manage. I loved Gangnam, because I love skyscrapers. I wanna discover this part more in the future. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your new adventures :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, MKL! I am glad you managed to read the posts about Seoul and you enjoyed them. Your posts have added information when I prepared the trip. As I wrote, I loved Seoul and would like to return there, but I am not sure it will be possible. In the future, in the little time I still have to travel, I want to see new places. But I loved everything about Seoul and this will stay as dear memory for me. Thanks for the appreciation you gave to my blogging.