34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference


 

Cheonggye Stream



"Cheonggye Stream is a natural and artificial stream which has 10.92 km. in length. It not only divides Seoul geographically, but also has played a symbolic role as the boundary in politics, society, and culture. During the Joseon Dynasty, noble people and government officers lived in the northern village, while common people and poor noble people lived in the southern village. The villages are divided by Cheonggye Stream. The major roads in the city areas like Jongno and Euljiro were also built along Cheonggye Stream."

For more information about the stream, please see the following links:
Information for the Stream
More on the Stream

More pictures about the stream:
More Pictures for the Stream

The historical pictures for the stream can be found in:
Historical Pictures

A video for the day time of the stream:
Day Time Video

A video for the night time of the stream:
Night Time Video 1
Night Time Video 2
(The stream is very beautiful during the night.)

 Gyeong-bok-gung Palace



"In 1395, three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded by Yi Seong-gye, the construction of the main royal palace was completed. The capital of the newly founded dynasty moved from Gaeseong to Seoul. The palace was named Gyeongbokgung, which means "the Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven." With Mount Bugaksan to its rear and Mount Namsan in the foreground, the site of Gyeong-bokgung Palace was at the heart of Seoul and considered auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy."

For more information about the palace, please visit:
Introduction for the Palace

The historical pictures for the palace can be found in:
Historical Pictures of the Palace
More Historical Pictures

A video for the day time of the palace:
The Palace

 Chang-deok-gung Palace



"Changdeokgung, which means "the Palace of Prospering Virtue", was the second palace after Gyeongbokgung which had been established in 1395 as a primary palace. In the midst of strife for the throne between princes and vassals, authority of Gyeongbokgung was deteriorated. King Jeongjong enthroned by Prince Yi Bang-won moved the capital to Gaegyeong, the one of Goryeo dynasty, again in 1400 on the pretext of superior geographical features of it, in fact, in order to avert the power struggle. Taejong (Yi bang-won) soon taking over the throne returned to Hanseong (present-day Seoul) had a new palace named Changdeokgung instead of Gyeongbokgung because he had killed his half brothers in Gyeongbokgung whose construction was led by Jeong Do-jeon, the king's rival before. Construction of Changdeok Palace began in 1405, and was completed in 1412. King Seonjo expanded the palace grounds by about 500,000 square meters, including Huwon."

Please see the following link for more pictures for the palace:
More Pictures

Deok-su-gung Palace


(photo by bpacker)


(photo by sunnywong)

"Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksugung Palace originally belonged to Wolsandaegun (1454~1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469~1494) of the Joseon Dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575~1641) ascended the throne and gave the palace the name Gyeongungung in 1611. Afterwards, the name was then changed back to its orginal title of Deoksugung."

For more information, please see the following link:
Information for the palace

Bukaksan Mountain



"Bukaksan locates in the north of the Blue House (the residence of the Korean president), and the south of the well-known Bukhansan. At 342 meters high, it is far from the tallest mountain in that area, but it is certainly the one which can be easily accessible by public transportation. The path to take follows several kilometers of the fortress wall, which runs along the ridges of the mountain that once kept Seoul secure. While walking the wall you will pass Sukjeongmun, the North Gate for the city, and end up near Changuimun, the Northwest Gate."

Please see the following link for more information:
More information about the mountain

Blue House



"Cheongwadae (Blue House) is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea, located in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Cheongwadae consists of the main office building and its annexes. The main office building includes Presidential Office, audience room, conference room, and official Presidential residence. The annex accommodates the office of the Presidential secretariat, the office of Presidential security, Chunchugwan (press center) and Yeongbingwan (reception hall). Also, there are wide gardens, ponds, and rear gardens connected with Bukaksan mountain in the Cheongwadae compound. The main building has a hipped-and-gabled roof, which is the most refined and beautiful style among Korean architecture, covered with Korean style blue tiles from which "Cheongwadae" takes its name. Approximately 150,000 tiles compose the roof of Cheongwadae. Each was baked individually, which makes them strong enough to be used for over one hundred years."

For more information, please see:
Introduction of Blue House

Korean Folk Village



"The Korean Folk Village is home to numerous collections of Korean cultural artifacts, providing an opportunity for Korean children to experience and learn the culture of their ancestors firsthand. The site provides a venue to promote traditional Korean culture to both domestic and international visitors, and provides an open-air learning place for succeeding generations. The village has been developed to convey the wisdom and the spirits of our ancestors to both domestic and international tourists."

For more information, please see the following link:
Official Site for Korean Folk Village

Hwagye Temple



"Are you seeking a place to discover who you really are, away from the bustle of your daily life? Hwagye Temple seems to be a good choice, a nearby yet peaceful site where you may take refuge and attain wisdom that lasts for not only a day or two, or even a month, but, if fortunate, for the rest of your life.

The temple became world-known when Ven. Seungsahn (1927-1994) founded his Gwaneum Zen School and opened an International Zen Center there in 1984. Now, truth-seekers come from all over the world for three-month retreats in the winter and summer, six-week sessions in the spring and fall and a week- or day-long visit any time of the year. This institution has won Hwagye Temple fame as a world-class study and practice site, and forms one of the central pillars of the Korean Temple Stay system."

Please see the following link for more information:
Information for the temple, Temple Stay Program

N Seoul Tower



"N Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower located in central Seoul, South Korea. Built in 1969, and opened to the public in 1980, the tower has been a symbol of Seoul and measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. It has also been known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. After the tower's original owner merged with the CJ Corporation, it was renamed the N Seoul Tower (official name CJ Seoul Tower)."

From the top of the tower, you can see a very beautiful view like the following photo during the night.


Bosingak Bell


(photo by NAVER)

"Bosingak is a large bell pavilion on Jongno in Seoul, South Korea. The bell in Bosingak gives Jongno its name, which literally means "bell street." It was originally constructed in 1396 but destroyed many times by both war and fire. It was designated Bosingak by Emperor Gojong in 1895.

Under the Joseon Dynasty the bell was rung to announce the time, several times a day and to signal the opening and closing of the city gates as well it was used as a fire alarm. In modern times, the bell is rung only at midnight on New Year's Eve. Because of the massive number of people who attend this ceremony, Metro trains on Line 1 of the Seoul Subway do not stop at Jonggak Station on New Year's Eve."

63 Building



"The 63 Building is a landmark skyscraper on Yeouido Island, overlooking the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. At 249 meters (817 ft) high, it is the 3rd tallest building in South Korea and was the tallest building in Asia when it completed construction in 1985. It served as South Korea's tallest building for 15 years until Hyperion Tower surpassed it in 2003. The 63 Building remains an iconic landmark of the Miracle on the Han River, symbolizing the nation's rapid economic achievement in the late 20th century. 63 refers to the building's 63 official stories, of which 60 are above ground level and 3 are basement floors."

A video taking inside of the 63 Building:
Video

Han River



"The Han River is a major river in South Korea and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula after the Amnok, Tumen, and Nakdong rivers. It is formed by the confluence of the Namhan River (South Han River), which originates in Mount Daedeok, and the Bukhan River (North Han River), which originates on the slopes of Mount Geumgang in North Korea. The River flows through Seoul and then merges with the Imjin River shortly before it flows into the Yellow Sea. The two major branches of the river, the Namhan River and the Bukhan River, come together at Yangsu-ri, Gyeonggi-do province, at which point it is referred to as the Han River. It then passes through Seoul and continues on to the Yellow Sea (or West Sea to Koreans). Broad tidal flats can be found at the mouth of the Han River, where it meets the sea along the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that divides South and North Korea."

DMZ



"The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half, crossing the 38th parallel on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it. It is 155 miles (248 km) long and approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, and is the most heavily militarized border in the world."

Korean Shopping

In-sa Dong



"Insadong and the surrounding area were the residences of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) officials, extended royal families, and the yangban aristocratic class. The antique art shops that were established here during the Japanese Colonial Period carried everyday items of the privileged class as these items became antiques in the face of modernity.

Since then, Insadong has been home to dozens of art galleries and antique shops. Insadong's narrow alleys branch out into all directions from one main street.

To explore the interesting places on these side alleys, it would be helpful to get a map of Insadong at one of three Tourism Information Centers that are located at the center and the two ends of the main street."

If you like korean traditional stuff or traditional food, you should go to In-sa Dong.

For more information, please see the following links:
Korea Sparkling
Introduction of In-sa Dong

Dong-dae-mun (Great East Gate)


(photo by Life in Korea)

"Originally called Heung-injimun ("Gate of Uplifting Mercy"), it once served as the main eastern gate in the wall surrounding Seoul. First built in 1397, it was rebuilt in 1869 in its present form. Located nearby are Dongdaemun Market (one of Korea's largest and most popular) and Dongdaemun Sports Stadium. The area also has a thriving nightlife scene."

Please see the following links for more information:
Life in Korea

Nam-dae-mun (Great South Gate)



"Named for its nearby namesake of Namdaemun (Great South Gate) and located near the downtown area, one of Korea's largest wholesale markets covers over 10 acres. It is filled with over 1,000 shops, stalls, retailers, street vendors, and has several department stores nearby. Here you can find clothes, shoes, fabrics, tableware, flowers, vegetables, ginseng products, toys, and watches. Under Namdaemun-no (the main street to the north of the market) is an extensive underground arcade."

For more information, please see the following links:
Life in Korea

Myeong-dong Shopping Area


(photo by Life in Korea)

"Myeong-dong is Korea's trendiest shopping area, with over 300,000 square meters of shops selling clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and cosmetics. Many department stores also have a major presence here. Day or night, young people always crowd into the numerous restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and night clubs in the area. Nearby Myeong-dong Cathedral is a frequent focal point for anti-government demonstrations and dissident holdouts, which sometimes mars the local atmosphere. The area also has an annual street festival."

Please see the following link for more information:
Life in Korea

Gangnam-gu



"Gangnam-gu is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the most affluent areas of Seoul and is located in the southeast of the city. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 2, Seoul Subway Line 3, Seoul Subway Line 7 and the Bundang Line.

Several popular shopping and entertainment areas are located in Gangnam-gu, including Apgujeong, the COEX Mall and the area around Gangnam Station. The important business district around Teheranno (Tehran Street) runs east-west from Gangnam Station to Samseong Station and the COEX-KWTC complex."

If you like to go to a bar during the night, you can go to this area and have fun.

Korean Food

Street Food

dukbokki (hot and spicy rice cake) and others
More video for street food1
More video for street food2

 

Traditional Food

Some Traditional Foods
Bibimbap (Stirred Rice with Vegetables)
Beef Tendon Soup Noodles at Luscious Dumpling
Kimchee Fried Rice
Korean BBQ
Sujebi (Korean Traditional Soup)

Related Links about Seoul

A blog
A good video for tourists
A Glance of Korea


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