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63 Building

63building-02.jpg The 63 building is a 63-floor, pointy-shaped building in Yeouido Island, Seoul, next to the Han River. It has an aquarium, an IMAX theater and an observatory. It also has great shopping, numerous restaurants, banquet halls and other assorted utility rooms. 63 Building was opened in 1985 and standing with 63 stories, 3 stories underground and 60 above ground, this is the tallest building in Seoul until the Hyperion Tower surpassed it in 2003. The skyscraper is the headquaters of Korea Life Insurance, Industrial Bank of Korea Securities and other major financial companies. The 63 Building is the iconic landmark of the Miracle on the Han River, symbolizing the nation's rapid economic achievement in the late 20th century. We bought 3 tickets: IMAX show, Sea World and the Observation Deck (also known as 63 Golden Tower), the tickets for all three were 26,000 Korean Won for adult or 24.00 CAD, 23,000 Korean Won for teens or 20.00 CAD and 20,000 Korean Won for a child or 18.00 CAD. It was all worth the money we paid for the tickets but the IMAX shows were in Korean so its not meant for people who does not understand Korean language. We also had the chance to dine in the Buffet Restaurant, the food and chefs were great! There were Western, Korean, Japanese and Chinese sections and you can choose whatever you like.

Here is the dessert section for the Buffet Restaurant

This is the view from the Observation Deck

The Sea World entrance

Some of the fishes you can see inside the Sea World

Designs you can see along the hall way of the 63 Building, they call them 63 Friends

View of Seoul at night, the tall building on the left side is the 63 Building

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Soul searching in Seoul

Our adventures in Seoul!^^

seoul.jpg Map of Seoul It's our first day in Seoul today and we have decided to go around and enjoy our time here! So our first stop is: map_to_myeongdong.JPG Seoul's Transit Map with Myeong-dong highlighted
Myeong-dong (명동) Market, Myeong-dong is one of Seoul's main shopping district featuring mid to high priced retail stores and international brand outlets. Myeong-dong is quite popular with young people as a center for fashion and nightlife, it is also the 9th most expensive shopping street in the world in terms of floorspace rents. You can find 4 large department stores in Myeong-dong namely: Migliore, Lotte Department Store, Avatar and High Harriet, there's also a lot of local and international banks as well as currency exchange around Myeong-dong which makes it easier for us to exchange our cash. It is also the busiest region in Seoul and the leader in Korean fashion trends.info_photo_99_1.jpg The busy street of Myeong-dong crowded with a lot of people! Myeong-dong is also the home of the oldest Catholic cathedral in Korea, the Myeong-dong Cathedral. 759721_image2_1.jpg Outside the Myeong-dong Cathedral 1286035354_7986d78f7d.jpg Inside the Myeong-dong Cathedral

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Seoul, the Soul of Asia

Seoul Banpo Bridge at night, a gigantic rainbow fountain with over 10,000 LED's

Seoul Fast Facts:

~Seoul is the capital city and largest city in South Korea, the name Seoul (서울) means capital city which is believed to be derived from the word Seorabeol (서라벌).

~Like the rest of Korea, Seoul experiences four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are often frigid and accompanied by snow.

~Seoul is a remarkably safe city. Violent crime rates are exceedingly low compared to other major cities around the world.

~Apartments (아파트 Apateu as the Koreans say it) is the most common way of living in Seoul, most of the time people have to pay ahead before the construction of an apartment building starts because it is really hard to get a reservation for an apartment in Seoul.

~Internet service is offered in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Seoul. Internet cafes and PC 방 (bangs which means "rooms") are easy to find throughout the city. These rooms are filled with computer terminals where you can rent an Internet-connected PC. Many PC bahngs are open 24 hours and are located on higher floors of buildings, where rents are cheaper. To find one, just head for a commercial area and look up.

~Seoul is divided into 25 gu (구, district). The gu vary greatly in area (from 10 to 47 km²) and population (from less than 140,000 to 630,000). Songpa has the most people, while Seocho, the largest area. The government of each gu handles many of the functions that are handled by city governments in other jurisdictions. Each gu is divided into "dong" (동) or neighbourhoods. Some gu have only a few dong while others like Jongno-gu have a very large number of distinct neighborhoods. Gu of Seoul consist of 522 administrative dongs (행정동) in total.[21] Dong are also sub-divided into 13,787 tong (통), which are further divided into 102,796 ban in total.

Here is the list of Seoul's 25 Gu:

Dobong District (도봉구)
Dongdaemun District (동대문구)
Dongjak District (동작구)
Eunpyeong District (은평구)
Gangbuk District (강북구)
Gangdong District (강동구)
Gangnam District (강남구)
Gangseo District (강서구)
Geumcheon District (금천구)
Guro District (구로구)
Gwanak District (관악구)
Gwangjin District (광진구)
Jongno District (종로구)
Jung District (중구)
Jungnang District (중랑구)
Mapo District (마포구)
Nowon District (노원구)
Seocho District (서초구)
Seodaemun District (서대문구)
Seongbuk District (성북구)
Seongdong District (성동구)
Songpa District (송파구)
Yangcheon District (양천구)
Yeongdeungpo District (영등포구)
Yongsan District (용산구)

Map of Seoul's Districts

~Seoul is the headquarters for Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia and SK.
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~Seoul was the host for the 1988 Summer Olympic games.

1988 Seoul Olympic Stadium

~Seoul also hosted the 2002 FIFA Word Cup Event

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Manners and Travel Tips

Before going, we read many other blogs and looked up various items that we would need when we went on our trip.

One thing we found that we should pack as it was not as readily available in Korea as it is here in Canada is deodorant. If we did find some in Korea it would be quite expensive.

We also found out to bring our favorite toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, plug converters, Tylenol or Advil, any prescription drugs, warm clothes as it is cool in the nighttime and cool clothes since it's the opposite in the day time, towels (the ones in Korea are small) and comfortable shoes. These were the main things we focused on and of course the other extras we would need, but we made sure we packed plenty of the above.

Table Etiquette includes things like wait to be seated, the eldest are served first, never point with chopsticks, do not cross chopsticks, try a little bit of everything, refuse first offer of 2nd helpings, finish everything on point, and to signify that you are done your meal place chopsticks on the chopstick holder.

When it comes to things like meeting etiquette the main thing we realized was that we are to wait to be introduced to a group, and upon leaving bow to everyone individually and be sure to say goodbye.

Etiquette Bowing

Etiquette Bowing

the following link is where we found this information about etiquette and it was very helpful!

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Enter the Seoul!


A long flight, but we're here! 14 hours later we have finally set foot in Korea!

There were many things that we had to do to prepare for our trip before we were able to leave the country.

The first thing was to find out entry requirements of Korea, and what was needed in order to remain there for the time we wished. After research we found out that since we were Canadian citizens and would be in the country for less than 6 months we weren't required to have a visa to enter. All that is required of us for entry is a valid Canadian passport.

The second was to find out what type of currency we would have to convert our money into. Korean Won

Korean Won

Korean Won is the name of their currency. We found out that 1 Canadian dollar was equal to 1,095.72 Korean Won.

We were also told that their transportation is very much the same as ours here in Canada, including bus, taxi, car, subway, city tour bus.

Accommodation in Korea includes Temple Stays, hotels, guest houses and youth hostels.

We were told that it would be a good idea to bring a language book with us and if we weren't able to get one here we could get one in Korea. They don't speak English a lot, so the book would definitely be beneficial to us.
Our Saviour!

Our Saviour!

Korean is a pretty easy language to learn other than the grammar and the difference of formal and informal speech. Informal speech is used between people who are very close to each other, like best friends, so formal is pretty much what we'll try to use here. Korean also uses both Hangul and romanization. Hangul is what the characters are called. Romanization is the pronunciation written in English, like 안녕하세요 is in Hangul and Annyeonghaseyo (or An-nyeong-ha-se-yo) is the romanization which is also how you pronounce the Hangul. It also is the word most often used because it means hi, hello, and how are you?

We are comfortably in our traditional house. It looks much like the traditional houses in Japan with sliding doors made of paper and wood. The whole house is pretty much made of wood. What is so unique is that we chose a really traditional house, so the kitchen is made with stone stoves. We have to chop the firewood and put it in the stone stoves. Pots are mostly huge and placed above the hole on the stone stove. It gives a very olden and natural feel to the place. Washrooms are more modern because we got greedy. With a flush toilet and small shower the washroom isn't really big, but it's really all we need. The inside is also more updated with heat, a computer, and a television with what we think maybe a DVD player.

Our Traditional House

Our Traditional House

The Stone Kitchen

The Stone Kitchen

Of course traditional houses aren't usually found in the modern city of Seoul so after arriving at the airport we had to take about a 40 min ride towards the outside of Seoul. The elder and his son that owns the traditional home used to live there until they moved to the city, but because the traditional home is still memorable to them they rented it to us to live in for the time we are here. They picked us up and drove us there. They also stayed to teach us how to use the traditional kitchen and departed at sunset.

Now it's really late and we still got active days planned ahead for us so here is a route map
Route Map

Route Map

... and Good Night! =)

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