Spring 2014 Korea Trip – Photowalk Part 2 – Ewha Women’s University

On this last trip to Korea, we stayed in the town behind Ewha Women’s University, literally over the hill. There’s a small entrance on the back side of the mountain that leads to the (only?) dormitory and I usually start from there, strolling through the campus towards the front entrance, taking in the sights of trees and people, being in awe of how lush and gorgeous the campus is, and wishing I could be a college student again. Here are some photos from the walk. Enjoy!

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Spring 2014 Korea Trip – Photowalk Part 1

Hey folks! I’d like to share some of my photos I took on my trip to (South) Korea back in May. I love going to Korea in the Springtime as the landscape is lush with newly sprouted greens and everywhere you turn there are mountains and hills of trees (even in the city!) I finally went through the 400+ photos and sifted out the not-so-good ones. Here’s the first collection of two. I captured some moments and scenes I’m familiar with or identify as quintessentially “Korean”. Like the mound of cigarette butts in the trash can that truly was disgusting, but I couldn’t pass it up because it was quintessential… (So bad, I know! Koreans unfortunately smoke so much…) Some shots are of the Gangnam District (as in Psy’s “Gangnam Style”) and some of my old neighborhood in Northwest part of Seoul. Hope you find these interesting! Enjoy!

Bikes parked along the main road (this was taken about an hour outside of Seoul)
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New leaves (outside of Seoul)
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Gangnam Blvd business buildings (where you can find Korean conglomerates like Samsung.)
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Koreans love coffee shops!
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Workers taking a smoke break
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Cigarette butts
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Many business buildings showcase these types of sculptures or art pieces in front of their buildings.
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Workers coming out in droves for their lunch break
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Koreans must love pastries because there are tons of bakeries all over the place!
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Underground “malls” that lead to subway stations and other buildings
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I saw these red roses everywhere I went in the month of May!
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Rock wall. Koreans seem to use a lot of rocks and stones in their architecture.
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Many of the old neighborhoods are being torn down to make room for new developments (mostly apartment complexes.) I’m going to miss these little residential neighborhoods…
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And old traditional Korean house standing lonesome amidst modern houses
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Iron doors are common in Korean homes. They are like the home’s main gate you must enter through. Inside you will usually find a courtyard/garden that you often have to climb up the stairs to get to.
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A rustic blue door
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We stayed at a place that looked out to a massive ginkgo tree. Look at all these ginkgo fruits! I remember roasting these and eating them with salt when I was younger. So yummy!
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How this bucket got on top of the roof is a mystery!
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