Excursion in Seoul
In preparation for my trip, I had no idea what I would do in Seoul. If Hong Kong plan was drawn up to the day, in Seoul, I decided to do without any plans, relying on the fact that there is already a plan to much you can see.
I'll start with the first thing that I was unpleasantly surprised. In Seoul, very, very expensive. If you compare the prices with Moscow, they are 2 times higher. Jar of Coke would cost you 60 rubles. Here expensive everything. This was my first prokol- I did not even bother to find out in advance about the situation with the prices.
As a result, it was decided to stay in the hotel available - the so-called "hotel for an hour," or "love motel". People in these rooms remained for a short time, we have decided to settle there for 10 days. Because in other places it was much more expensive, and any purchase significantly beat in my pocket.
By the way, the number was a small closet with a bunch of napkins (I wonder why) And there was a clear bathroom. At night the motel was immersed in a cacophony of sensual sounds and sometimes sleep was very difficult. We are not alone to stay here for a long time, there were a decent family, who decided to save. I'm afraid to imagine what will hit the psyche of staying in this motel of their young children.
Seoul - is a city where you will find almost no inscriptions in English - all Korean characters. In order to survive you need to know at least a couple of three phrases. "Anonhaseyo" - hello, "the popes n" - two cups of rice, "Pollock" - soda.
I'll start with the pros. In Seoul, a lot of interesting themed restaurants and cafes. Here, for example, Hello Kitty restaurant - is made in the spirit of the most famous cartoon cat, and the staff here is more or less says in English
By the way, a cup of coffee and donut cost me about 250 rubles. Another interesting restaurant - Tom's Cat Caffee - cafe, where the cat walk. Many cats! Do you drink tea and read a book, and those hairy create jump on you, ask pet, run and play with each other. Since I love cats, I really liked this place! Mentally.
The second point that I did not like - the subway escalators almost nowhere - everywhere stairs. I like visiting tourists, basically all the same, but how to be retired? It happens that in just one descent, you can count about 100 steps
Tickets bought in special vending machines, the cost depends on how many stations you will need to pass ...
station in Seoul, very much, in fact, it is connected with the suburbs. The average distance between stations - 3 minutes. If you need to get to the other end of town - be prepared to spend a lot of time and money, because trains can not boast of high speeds
Next plus- informed about when the next train will arrive. All of this is displayed on a special board. When the train arrives at the station, the platform plays a happy tune, which is very similar to the tune of some nibuschd anime cartoon. And when the train leaves, plays a sad tune. great invented
equipment coaches also liked. In light cars, and space for pregnant women and people with disabilities no one sits. The only thing that bothered me sometimes - the locals stare at us. In Seoul, a very poorly developed tourism
In the streets very clean, smooth roads everywhere, marking imposed very smooth, very cool
One of the most visited places in Seoul Namsan Tower is. Like all self-respecting TV Tower, it has a viewing platform on which we climbed
impact the weather, which was terrible on my impression of the city. During all these 10 days, the sun has not been able to break through the clouds. The sky was always overcast. Where you can look around Seoul
the truth, the light was very confusing. It was hard to process the frame. Sleepin all that my hands from one place
Despite the fact that the flights over the city banned, some buildings have helipads
What kind of an interesting circular space?
The area in Seoul, mountainous, and high-rise buildings are not so many as we would like
Local engaged Hitch Hiking and love to go to the mountains. Some even go to the monasteries, which are hidden from human eyes. But to find them, you need to spend a lot of time
The prevailing low-rise buildings
The Koreans love all the original, and this invention - is no exception. The so-called bench of reconciliation. That would put those in Moscow!
At the foot of the tower there is a bridge of lovers. These locks are no tears, how do we
In many courtyards are free simulators - a great social policy!
In some places on the roads reigns chaos - the locals go right over the roadway
Closer to the night Seoul is transformed and becomes even more beautiful city
On the electrification of the city there is clearly money is not spared. Everything is very nicely highlighted. Nightlife in Seoul deserves a separate story. In short - I strongly recommend you to hang out in the Korean club. The only way you can understand what this city really
On the weekends all the people stuck in the bars and karaoke clubs, get drunk in the trash, but in the morning you need to carefully go through the streets, as many are still sleeping on the streets after a stormy nighttime
And in Korea are very fond of foreigners, especially Europeans. If you are a young European, the attention of Korean women you definitely will not be deprived. Be careful. By the way, Koreans really very beautiful and lovely
Particular attention is paid to the safety of pedestrians. Such a picture in Seoul - is not uncommon
As in any civilized city, Seoul has a bicycle rental service
In yet another cloudy day Seoul wanted to see from a different angle
A lot of similarities with New York - some areas are connected by bridges
In the distance is the same tower visible Namsan- with her the first time we looked at the high-rise Seoul
Tallest Buildings barely exceed the mark of 60 floors
Another look at the city from a nearby business center
Road bridge BANGO that the evening began producing colored streams of water. According to local, it was a beautiful sight
But ... in fact it was not so. Absolutely not impressed. If you've ever seen the fountain show in Dubai, you will agree with me. And it is this attraction and lure tourists to South Korea! But beauty, as I understand, is not covered in these attractions.
But then, exactly at sunset, clouds parted and I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life
It is difficult to convey this beauty through photography, but I did everything I could
I met a strange people, who fought an invisible enemy in shoes. The music of Mortal Kombat
It is worth noting that in his culture, South Korea has borrowed a lot from the US. In fact, states have imposed them almost everything - style, culture, fashion, architecture. Therefore, the older generation does not like tourists and disgusted looks on the younger generation, which is worn very stylish and at times defiant
So, lyrical digression. Passing by the monument, the first week I heard a conversation between two Russian. Well, that nobody but us could not understand, otherwise I would have been very embarrassing for them.
- Oh, look, there is a Mao Zedong!
- Are you stupid? He's in Japan!
Another tourist destination, Namdaemun Palace. Hordes of tourists at all recaptured desire something to photograph. Really I do not like a large crowd of tourists, but what do I expect?
On the last day of our stay in the territory of Korea Typhoon Bolaven hit that well podtopilo our previous point - the island of Jeju. In addition to the strong wind, I did not feel anything - not flew through the air and metal people, but all the places and shopping centers were closed. God saves man, who save himself
In the late evening, returning to already own lava-motel, I first noticed the curtains on the parking lot. The fact that many of the officials called at these motels to have a good time with the priestesses of love, and not to shine numbers such blinds were invented. Of course, all this is just a formality
So I ended Seoul. I had very mixed feelings. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the night life you like this, on the other side of the city has not made me any joy. perhaps this affected what to Seoul we have traveled 2 weeks and a little tired. I do not know. In any case, if you have the money, the city is worth a visit if only because of the night life. When we arrived, the song Gangnam Style has just started to gain momentum, and soon a large number of people became interested in South Korea. For tourists there is not thought up any interesting places, but I'm sure that the city is waiting for a bright future.