It’s been more than a year since I’ve revisited Korea and it’s the first time as a tourist. With a long stopover at the ready before my winter trip to Canada, I decided on a challenge — to see as much of Seoul as possible in twenty-two-and-a-half hours.
Knowing I could only scratch the surface of the photography gold that the metropolis has to offer, together with a photo pal I pushed straight into the heart of the city — Dongdaemun and Insadong. Both areas still retain UNESCO sites and generation-old shops. Yet they are nestled between modern towers of glass and steel, the structures that have swallowed up the Seoul I once knew.
For anyone looking at the struggles Vietnam is going through with modern versus old, today’s architecture versus that of the past, Seoul is a lesson. Despite the space-age look of the 21st century Asian city, they’ve managed to maintain a strong sense of the past, and a strong sense of the culture that makes this city unique.