This post is part of a series on the walk we went on on the second day of our Holiday in Seoul, Korea. If you haven't read the first part, that's here: Korea day 2 - Walk up Namsan part 1.

We didn't really see any graffiti in Seoul. One of the closed restaurants we saw on our walk towards Namsan did have a happy face daubed on the side of it, but it looks more like something the owner of the shop might have painted on there:

Happy face painted on shop shutters

A bit further along, looking down a street (below). According to google translate the road markings 이바토해 translate to 'Eva vomit'. I'm not entirely convinced that's accurate.

Empty street in Seoul

Here's another street criss-crossed with overhanging wires:

Wires overhanging a street in Seoul, South Korea

I didn't realise at the time I took this photo, but this banner is for a restaurant offering dishes made with dog meat. I would have been interested to try a dog meat dish, but our lack of Korean (me and my brother had learnt a few Japanese phrases before we left the UK, but didn't know any Korean at all), meant that we tended to stick to restaurants where it looked like they might speak a bit of English.

Korean restaurant that served dog meat dishes

In contrast to Japan, where push/pedal bikes are quite popular, we didn't see many bicycles in Seoul, but we did see plenty of motorbikes and scooters. Modified motorbikes and scooters also seemed to be the primary vehicle used for deliveries. We'd often see them driven along the pavements and across pedestrian crossings, a luxury not afforded to car and van drivers. We didn't see many vans at all in South Korea. The motorbikes are also much more suited to the relatively narrow side streets in Seoul, down which many businesses are located.

Line of Motorbikes

Eventually we came out on Samil-ro, one of the main streets in Seoul. We came out by this large building, which I later found out is the 50th Anniversary Hall of a famous Church in Seoul, Young Nak Presbyterian Church. The actual Church was further up Samil-ro, and we never got to see it during our time in Korea.

Samil-ro (삼일로) and the Young Nak Presbyterian Church (영락교회) 50th Anniversary Commemorative Hall

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Amongst all the buildings, near the bottom of Samil-ro, just before where it crosses over Chungmu-ro, was this large empty area. I assumed at the time that the older buildings must have been cleared from the area for a new development, but looking at Google Maps, it looks like the area is used as a car park.

Mixed Buildings, Seoul

From here we had quite a good view of our intended destination, the N Seoul Tower on top of Mount Namsan.

Namsan Mountain and N Seoul Tower

We crossed over the road, then went across the bridge over Chungmu-ro, which I took a 360° pano on:

360° panorama on bridge where Samil-ro crosses over Chungmuro

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Part 4

2 Responses to Korea day 2 – Walk up Namsan pt. 3

  1. This post might be old but btw, its not 이바토해 with 2000 below, but its 일방통행, which meant ‘one way street’.

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