I am an American who moved to Korea a little over three years ago. I had previously been working at a job that I didn’t enjoy, so while I still had the opportunity to do it, I fulfilled a dream of mine to live abroad for a while.
I came to Korea not knowing much about the country, but during my time here, I’ve truly fallen in love with everything it has to offer. There is so much history as well as modern excitement going on and I feel like it is a city that is vastly underrated.
It’s hard to ignore the political undertones with the neighbor to the north, so I feel like many people outside of Korea have a misconstrued view on what life is really like here.
The ancient wall at Namhansanseong. This wall was used to protect the city from invaders.
The view from Namhansanseong, a mountain in southeastern Seoul, is, in my opinion, the best in the city. I had to control myself to not post too many photos from here, but if you’re ever in Seoul, I highly recommend it.
The lake in front of the National Museum of Korea. There is a nice park around the museum, so it’s a good place to relax on a nice day.
It was a beautiful firework display last night at Lotte Tower. The event was a show of support for peace between the two Koreas. As an outsider, I’ll never truly understand the turmoil and divide that is between these countries, but I do hope there can be peace one day soon.
We had a beautiful sunset one night overlooking Yeouido, a big business district in western Seoul. Those two buildings under construction have been like that for over ten years as the company that was building them went bankrupt in the middle of construction. Another company took over, but coincidentally also went bankrupt before it was completed. At this point, no companies want to take it over as it is now getting old and the structures are dated, so it’s a huge financial burden to finish. It would also be too expensive to tear them down right now, so they just sit there… doing nothing.
The area around Gyeongbokgung, the old palace in the middle of Seoul, is always so well maintained.
Jogyesa is a Buddhist temple in the heart of the city. During the celebrations for Buddha’s Birthday, all of the temples in Korea are decorated really beautifully!
The iconic Namsan Tower was a radio tower built in the 1960s. It is no longer used for that, but it is still a symbol of the city and popular tourist spot. The tower will light up with different colors at night depending on the air quality. Blue is great, green is good, yellow is poor and red is staying at home with the air purifier on.
Even though people think of Seoul as being a major city, there is a ton of nature that surrounds it. The mountains are gorgeous and many great trails to hike on.
The house in the back is the Blue House, where the president of South Korea lives. In front of it is Gyeongbokgung, where kings and queens of the past lived.
The quaint streets of Gyeongju.
When the light is just right.
The street I walk down every day to and from work. The sun sets perfectly right down the middle of the road and it’s been really nice lately.