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    Hi....as some may remember, I posted a thread on our trip to Canada/USA last year.
    Well....we did it again, only this time our trip was to Sth Korea and Hong Kong in June.
    I think I mentioned a time or 2 that our son Daniel is teaching English at a private school in Inchon.
    He thinks he will be returning to NZ at the end of this year's contract, in March 2019.
    Therefore, we decided to take the opportunity to visit Korea before he left.
    Nice to have a free place to stay and we hadn't seen Daniel since Feb 2015.
    I would like to share a few photos of the trip with you all in the WBF family.

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    Robbie, thanks for posting this - your previous posts and photos were a great look into this country, and I am looking forward to seeing the new ones (I haven't been back to HK in some 45 years) .




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    Dawn approaching Hong Kong.
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    In 1991 we landed at the Old airport.
    This time we landed at the New airport.
    It is HUGE...note the number of Gates.
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    The view from Daniel's appartment.
    These are all 3 story privately owned buildings.
    Typically the owner lives on the top floor.
    6 or 7 appartments are rented out below.
    The buildings are very close so really no view at all.
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    These are showing the main road to the Central Business District.
    About 10 minutes walk. The greenery across the road is a large Park.
    There are Green Belts/Parks everywhere around here.
    The roads are all very wide and traffic well behaved.
    Though, we rarely saw them crowded anyway.
    We were told that the roads are as wide as they are due to the "State of War" that Sth Korea has been in ever since 1952.
    The ability to move troops and military equipment quickly is a major part of all infrastructure planning.
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    Thanks for these, Robbie 2. I love seing other countries from the "ordinary guy" perspective. Keep 'em coming!
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    Thanks MMD
    The reason I like to share is that I have always enjoyed the threads other WBF members have posted.
    It is good to see places and countries I may never see in person.
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    A couple more from the 10 minute walk to town.
    The Zebra crossings were huge and lots of overroad walkways also.
    The buildings in the background are appartment buildings.
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    This the beginning of Downtown.
    Lots of very tall buildings full of offices, medical centres etc.
    On street level there are lots of small shops, markets and bar/restaurants.
    Daytime, its fairly quiet....but after 5pm until very late the place is colourful, noisy and busy.
    We found as Daniel told us that the streets here were very safe to walk around at any time.
    In a bar/restaurant you can leave your cellphone bag etc on a table to go to the restroom etc and it won't be touched.

    The top 2 floors of the 2nd building house a Gym/Public Bathhouse/Sauna Daniel is a member of.
    It was 31C when we were there but in winter it gets down to -30c and then Daniel said the Sauna and Soak tubs were very nice.
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    I love. Love, love, love.

    More, please.

    Many thanks!

    Also, have a super time.

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    I gotta echo what Rob said above -- thanks for posting these photos

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    Using building facades as billboard space certainly makes the neighbourhood colourful.

    Thanks again for posting these.
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    The one thing we noticed everywhere is the total lack of English.
    All signs were Korean only, including the products for sale in the Supermarket we shopped at.
    Also, Koreans predominately have a great fear of saying anything that would make them seem foolish.
    Therefore they only speak Korean, even when they know we can't, so we had great difficulty shopping at times.
    Then, when we finally finish our purchase, they thank us for visiting their store.....IN PERFECT ENGLISH!!!!
    Some road signs had English under the Korean but only on main roads. Oh, the subway system was bi-lingual as well.
    Daniel gave us a card with his address on, written in Korean, so if we got lost we could show a Taxi driver and get taken home.
    Bye the way, Taxi's were plentiful, clean new cars and very cheap.
    We used Taxi's quite a bit to get around. Much easier then trying to work out what bus to catch.
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    The 13th of June was a public holiday (Election Day).
    We travelled into cental Seoul by subway.
    These buildings are appartment blocks, there were alot and more being built everywhere.
    Each building had 1, 2 or 3 bedroom appartments and housed approx 4-5000 people.
    Note the 3 or 4 story buildings similar to where Daniel lives in the foreground.
    Real estate prices here are very high, as I guess you can imagine.
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    This is a shopping district closer to central Seoul.
    The typical tall buildings with shops/markets on street level.
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    Both these were taken from the subway while travelling into Seoul.
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    Can't recall we've ever had a thread on South Korea, so this is great!
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    We noticed that every bit of land around here was used for something productive.
    Between buildings,railway tracks,roads,under the power lines, etc were market gardens or rice paddies.
    Lots of greenhouses everywhere. Lots of small stalls selling produce grown.
    Once again, these photos were taken from the subway from Inchon to Seoul Central.
    The subways are clean,fast,crowded and like most public transport, cheap.
    There are several different lines though, so we had to change trains 3 times.
    It was really good to have a guide, Daniel, as we would have found it easy to get lost.
    You can buy/preload a KorRail card though that can be used on both rail and bus travel.
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    They're not exactly riding the cutting edge of originality in their building design and materials.

    Seems like they're all built of 3x5ft concrete blocks.

    Still very much enjoying the pictures!
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    This is the end of one of the subway carriages.
    I waited until it was empty as I didn't want to offend anyone by taking their photo without permission.
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    This is very close to Central Seoul.
    More appartment buildings in the background.
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    This building faces a large green square outside Seoul City Hall
    The clock here was moved by an hour to make the whole of Korea (Nth and Sth) one time zone.
    This was done on the occasion of the meeting of Kim Jong-un and President Moon Jae-in in early June.
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    Seoul City Hall.
    The white Poppies are a "Peace" art display.
    I was told that each Poppy is in remembrance of a Foreign Serviceman/Woman who came
    and died for Sth Korea's independence in the Korean war.
    The Poppies and sign were erected for the Winter Olympics held here in early 2018.
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    This building is a shrine at the entrance to the large Boulevard/Park leading to the Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace.
    This Palace was built by the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

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    This Imperial Guard looks over everyone approaching the Palace.

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    This is a Bronze model of a "Turtle Boat".
    I shall show and explain more about the turtle boat later.
    I have good photos of a 1/2 size replica in the War Museum.
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    This is the 1st Emperor of the Joseon Dynasty.
    He is revered by the Korean people for doing 2 main things.
    1). He united all the various clans and formed a unified peaceful Korea.
    2). He gave all Koreans a simplified and National Alphabet.
    This resulted in the creation of the Korean language.
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    This statue commemorates this.
    Here you can see the Korean Alphabet.
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    This is a Park at the Seoul end of the Boulevard leading to the Palace.

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    A popular activity for families is feeding the Carp that live in the Canal.
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    A bit further down the Boulevard looking back at Central Seoul.
    There are Embassies and/or Sth Korean Government Ministry buildings along both sides of the Boulevard.
    The USA Embassy is just to my left.
    I thought it probably wasn't a good idea to take photos of the actual Embassy.
    And from the same place, looking at the entrance to the Palace.

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    Once inside the entrance you find this large Parade ground.
    Here the massed warriors would stand then bow/prostrate themselves before the Emperor if he wished to address them from the top step.
    The pavilion in the distance is the Throne room where Korean subjects could come to petition the Emperor.

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    This is the Emperor's Throne in the Throne room.
    Subject's would prostrate themselves until being called forth to state their request/petition.
    The entry fee to walk through the Palace was very reasonable.
    However Korean citizens who visit in traditional dress can enter free.
    There were alot of traditionally dressed people walking around.
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    A family we met. They agreed to me taking their photo.
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    A couple of young ladies with the Emperor's personal quarters in the background.
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    Thanks Robbie.

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    This is the Prince and Princesses accommodation.
    Sleeping quarters at each end. A meeting and common room in the centre.
    At the far end, both sides, are small rooms where tuters would give lessons to the youngsters.

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    A close up view to show the building details and the intricate decorations.
    The hanging slats drop to close off the building at night or in adverse weather.
    The next two are sleeping quarters for the Prince and Princess.
    I will let you decide which is which.


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    These are the rooms where the Tuter would teach the Prince and Princess.
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    These are the chimneys above the kitchens which were underground.
    It was considered very important to keep the working class well away from the finely dressed Courtiers and Government officials.
    An Upstairs/Downstairs attitude applied to all who worked in the Royal Palace.
    Metal containers, filled with hot coals, from the kitchens were also carried up and slid into special openings under the buildings to provide underfloor heating.

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    Thank you.
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    Thank you to those who have commented on this thread.
    I have tried to keep it as interesting as I can.

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    This is the Grand Meeting Hall overlooking the Pond where Golden Carp were kept for the enjoyment of the Royal Family.
    Korean subjects could request an audience with their Emperor and this took place in the Throne room.
    Government officials and advisors to the Emperor also met in the Throne room from where the Emperor ruled.
    Officials/Ambassadors and leaders of Foreign Nations however were never allowed into the Throne room.
    Instead they would be invited to present their credentials etc in the Grand Meeting Hall.
    Official Banquets for Honoured Guests were also held here.
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    Robbie, once again a great and informative thread - Thank you for taking the time and devoting the effort to share your trip with the rest of us...,,




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    Great thread. Thanks Robbie
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    After our day in Central Seoul and tour of the Royal Palace we had a few days relaxing in Inchon.
    Then on Friday the 16th of June we took the KTX Bullet train to Busan.
    This train cruises at 295 Km/hr and took 2 1/2 hrs to travel the 325 Km including stops at 5 stations on the way.
    This is the Gwangmyeong-si Station where we caught the train leaving about 8.30pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie 2 View Post

    The next two are sleeping quarters for the Prince and Princess.
    I will let you decide which is which.


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    Princess's quarters in the top photo?
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