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City Guide : SeoulLocated at the northwest part of the South Korea at 50 km south of the North Korean border, Seoul is the capital of South Korea. By its population, it is the largest city in the country and one of the most crowded cities in the world. Surrounded by a number of peaks and placed at a natural basin, the city is divided into two equal parts by the Hangang River. The ancient and modern, the traditional and cutting-edge are available side by side and compose an excellent harmony. When this harmony becomes a united whole with the wealthy natural setting of the city the reason that why millions of tourists are tranced by this stunning city does appear. Gyeoggi Plain composing the west part of the city comprises the largest flatland areas and one of the most agriculturally productive sections of Korea.
Tourist AttractionsThe modern glass, concrete and steel skyscrapers towering over the traditional wooden houses, the high-tech districts, historical attractios, temples, palaces, traditional tea houses, the rock faces overlooking the city, a strong Buddhist tradition, a dazzling shopping world, a miscellaneous culture... Seoul is a 24 hour awake and vibrant city offering unprecedented experiences and satisfying all the curiosities.
Hangang River created many islands including Yeouido, Hajungdo and Jamsil. Yeouido is the Manhattan of Seoul. It is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers of the city, National Assembly Building and the main financial institutions of the city.
The city landmarks are the best structures representing the city landscape. N Seoul Tower placed on the Namsan Mountain, LG Twin Towers and Star Tower are among the major landmarks of Seoul.
Changgyeonggung, Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung and Gyeonghuigung are some of the ancient places existed at the city.
Korea welcomed Buddhism in the 4th century. A great deal of temples are existed reflecting this religious tradition. Bongeunsa, Jogyesa and Angyangam (Changsin-dong) are three of the most significant temples.
Namsangol Hanok Village and Buckhon Traditional Village are the two of the popular and charming villages hosting the traditional Korean houses. The letter is home to many museums and art galleries.
You should absolutely experience the natural and water life of the city. Many streams, parks, them parks and mountains are available offering various facilities.
Culture & EntertainmentThe cultural treasuries of Seoul are the best reflection of the modern face of it. Infinite number of museums, theaters and galleries are available at the city.
Seoul is home to many world-class exhibitions. Museum of Korean Traditional Music, Museum of Art placed at Seoul National University, the Diplomatic History Museum, Tibet Museum, Soul National Science Museum, Leeum, National Museum of Korea, the Lotte World Folk Museum and Bank of Korea Museum are just a few examples from the museum city.
The visual art is a significant respect of the city’s social life. The capital is home to the best galleries of the country spread over the city. Seoul Museum of Art, Art Sonje Center, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gana Art Center, Chosun Ilbo Gallery, Sun Gallery, Rodin Gallery, Kukje Gallery, Insa Art Center, Kansong Museum of Art and Gallery Artside are some examples that the visitors are recommended to experience.
Seoul has a vibrant performing arts culture. The cutting-edge performances staged at these theatrical centers are spectacular. National Theater of Korea, National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Seoul Art Center, Chongdong Theater and Nanta Theater are the examples from the city’s theatrical life.
Food & DrinkThe culinary culture of Seoul is one of the most conspicuous aspects of the city life. The Seoul cuisine is wealthy enough to cover all the needs and wants, even the unimaginable curiosities.
Korean, Western, Japanese, international, Chinese, fast food, traditional tea… Seoul has everything for a gourmet. The city cuisine is popular by, mostly, its local palates. Korea is popular by its healthy food named Kimchi.
The examples from the local cuisine;
Meat: Bulgogi (barbecued beef), Gobchang (grilled intestines), Galbi (broiled short ribs)…
Vegetarian: Ssam-bap (wrapped rice), Bibim-bap (mixed rice), Kong-guksu (noodles in bean soup)
Stew: Sundubu-jjigae (soft bean curd stew), Doenjang-jjigae (bean paste stew), Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup)
Noodles: Kalguksu (hand-made chopped noodles), Naengmyeon (cold noodles), Jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean paste), Japchae (mixed fried vegetables)
Tea: Sujeonggwa (ginger beverage), nokcha (green tea), Boricha (barley tea), Yujacha (citron tea)
ShoppingThe wealthy shopping world is amazing. Local markets, specialty markets, department stores, large malls and underground markets are among the best shopping locations of the city.
Namdaemun, Dongdaemun and Insadong Hwanghakdong Flea Market are three of the major city markets. Yongsan I-Park Mall, COEX Mall and Yongsan Electronics Market are aomng the best shopping malls of the city.
Land Of Tranquıl Mornıngs: South Korea
South Korea boasts a rich and vibrant culture, which is at the peak in the capital, Seoul. Koreans visiting the royal palace in traditional dress, or the Buddhist temples on the eve of festivals, attract your attention right away as you tour the city. The heart of the city’s culture, Insadong is a must-see sight with its exhibitions
of local handicrafts.
The South Korean people are extremely successful when it comes to preserving their traditional values in the modern world. Although the impact of modernization and globalization is evident in every area of life, Koreans are nevertheless keeping their centuries-old music, handicrafts and architecture alive today.
South Korea has successfully harmonized nature and culture. As you stroll through areas that preserve the traditional architectural fabric, you will feel the deep respect for that harmony and the vitality created by including nature in life.
Among the tallest towers in the world, Seoul Tower is the best spot for a panoramic view of the city. Flooded with tourists for this reason, it is also a place Koreans enjoy visiting. And newlywed couples traditionally attach ‘love locks’ bearing their names at the special section set aside for them at the foot of the tower.
South Korea is a perfect Far Eastern miracle. Perhaps it’s a bit of a cliché, but this is definitely the best way to sum up Seoul. You realize it the instant you set foot in Incheon Airport after a pleasant, just-under-eleven-hour flight from Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. The airport stands on an island that is connected to the city by gigantic bridges. The trains that run between the terminal and the mainland carry visitors from around the world to the city 24/7.
The capital Seoul stands out first for its orderly roads and planned architecture. You notice this modern city’s accommodation with nature as you travel from the airport to the city center, where the occupants of its magnificent skyscrapers are the corporate headquarters of South Korea’s firms, which have carved out a significant niche in the world economy and global trade. Seoul is a big city, and, as you might expect, the subway system that connects every point in that big city is extremely advanced, spidering through the city like a giant underground web. Brochures with instructions on how best to use this sprawling subway are available at all the major hotels. At the same time, taxi fares are also quite reasonable for the country’s conditions.
Korean culture has a special place among the Far Eastern civilizations. Not readily discernible from afar, this difference is easily observed in Seoul. The Insadong district has emerged as the city’s cultural center. You will want to spend hours touring, and going into every shop, at Insadong, which brings together all of South Korea’s refined cultural values in everything from porcelain and fans to antiques and local costumes, not to mention its authentic cuisine. The Maraş ice cream vendor we come across as we stroll through this pedestrian zone gives us a good excuse for a brief pause. The entertainment district Itaewon is at Seouls Yongsan-gu region. This is also where students who come to study in Seoul and foreigners who come for jobs live and hang out. On weekends especially it’s not so easy to find a seat in the cafes and restaurants here. Besides venues where you can sample traditional Korean food, there are also Turkish, Indian, Russian, Arab and Italian restaurants as well as an array of fast food choices. As we were wandering around the streets exploring Itaewon, our eyes suddenly lit upon a minaret-like structure. Upon closer inspection, in turned out to be one of the two minarets of Seoul Central Mosque. Itaewon never ceases to amaze! The South Koreans are a people tightly bound to their history and culture. Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace is a complex of eclectic, independent structures where you can see the splendor of the past as well as fine examples of Korean architecture. It resembles Topkapı Palace in this respect. For those keen to observe rural life, the traditional Korean village of Namsangol Hanok is your best bet. But Seoul also stands out for its museums. The art museums alone are home to striking collections far beyond your expectations. And the Folk Museum is an informative institution that lays out the entire history of the local culture before your eyes. In short, Seoul is a living, astonishing metropolis with both a local and a global face, where different beliefs commingle in mutual tolerance. Friendly and hospitable, the handsome, hard-working Korean people make visitors feel right at home. If you ask how they treat Turks, the answer is hard to put into words. Suffice it to say that the word ‘brotherly’ is the clue. Best of all, buy a ticket to Seoul and see for yourself!
YEOSU EXPO 2012 TURKISH PAVILION
Situated at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations, Turkey exhibits rich diversity in everything from architecture to local cultures. In line with the theme, ‘Turkey: A Land of Civilizations Connecting Seas and Continents’, a dome symbolizing the universe stands over the life-source water, which grows from a drop into an ocean as a whole consisting of parts. The gradually widening concentric circles created by drops falling on water gives shape to the architecture of the pavilion, including the mezzanine floor. In a semi-transparent construction that emphasizes the circle in fractal shapes like the nautilus, a naturally occurring geometric element employed in traditional Turkish architecture, geometry is transformed into space through nature’s own awesome and extraordinary mechanism. The construction attempts to interpret tradition and modernity in a shared aesthetics with contemporary architecture in a region of the world where seas and continents intersect and history, religions and civilizations mesh. Employing a theme of water in an interactive floor in the middle of the dome structure emphasizes the propensity of Turkish art and culture to express “multiplicity in unity - unity in multiplicity” as a powerful architectural element.
One of South Korea’s trademark tastes, kimchee is a form of spicy pickled cabbage. South Koreans never tire of recounting its benefits.
Korea is the home of ginseng, which is produced from the roots of a plant. Among the different species of ginseng, which is known to be good for a variety of ills, red ginseng is the most prized.
One of the world’s tallest towers, Seoul Tower rises to a height of 479 meters together with the hill on which it stands and is the best observation point for a panoramic view of the city.
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Seoul-Istanbul flights daily.
The stadium at Seoul, which hosted the 2002 Soccer World Cup Finals, still bears traces to warm a fan’s heart of the enthusiasm that surrounded that event.
Heading the list of key sites in South Korean history, Gyeongbokgung is a must-see for its sheer size and military guards in traditional costume.
EXPO YEOSU 2012
One of the four largest fairs in the world, the Exposition, in which Turkey began taking part in the 19th century during the Ottoman period, is an urbanization trade fair organized around a different theme each time. The city of Izmir is the favored candidate for hosting the Expo to be held in 2020.
The Turkish stand at Expo 2012 Yeosu was designed by M. Hilmi Şenalp, Mustafa İskender and Celâladdin Çelik.
“The Turkish stand illustrates that very successfully in both design and content. Expos are critical for promoting Turkey, and, promotional activities are being carried out in as well as other cities.”
In a reference to Anatolian culture, a logo is being designed in the form of an ‘evil eye’ bead in tones from dark to light blue to represent the themes, ‘Water’ and ‘Sea’, ‘Drop’ and ‘Ocean’.
The main theme of the Turkish Pavilion at Expo 2012 is ‘Turkey: A Land of Civilizations Connecting Seas and Continents’, with sub-themes, ‘Turkey: Civilizations Along Seas, Seas Along Civilizations’ and ‘Water and Sea, from a Drop to an Ocean’. For more information:
EXPO YÜKSEK KOMİSERİ BURAK GÜRSEL/ COMMISSIONER OF SECTION
“Turkey has been taking part in expositions since the Ottoman period and has won awards for its designs and concepts. We are also expecting an award at Expo 2012 Yeosu for our pavilion, which was organized under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry. Hassa Mimarlık is responsible for the architectural project, and IKON Events for the design, implementation, promotion and management of cultural events at the Expo 2012 Yeosu Turkish Pavilion. On Prof. Süha Özkan’s suggestion, we hit upon the sub-theme of Turkey as a land that connects seas and continents, and a very successful Turkish pavilion was created as a result.”
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