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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exploring Namdaemun shopping district in Seoul, South Korea

Busy day at Namdaemun market in Seoul

Seoul, Korea, has been one of the world’s fastest-growing cities (now topping 10 million residents) and is populated by people of every background and class. From the early Korean caste system has emerged a society teeming with everyone from the low-income to the super-wealthy. The Namdaemun shopping district reflects this huge variety in a broad […]

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Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea

Bukchon village architecture

Bukchon is a working village of historic homes, called “Hanok”, near the center of Seoul, South Korea. It’s a great place to experience Korean architectural styles and experience their tightly clustered communities, designed around small, twisting alleyways that were designed well before anyone was concerned with making room for automobiles. It’s surprisingly well-insulated from the […]

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