Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun by Sherri Damlo Via Flickr: I’m not as familiar with my Egyptian history as I used to be (it’s unnerving what information you forget as you age… :-( !), so I was surprised to see a statue of a seated King Tut and his Queen Ankhesenamun at the temple of Luxor. But there they were—not exactly “intact,” but also not completely destroyed.
Photo taken with a Sigma 24-70mm lens in Luxor, Egypt.
Seoul: Gangnam Station by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: Popular stalls selling all sorts of street food.
Gangnam station and the surrounding streets is one of the busiest parts of the city. World famous thanks to Psy’s hit Gangnam Style song, the district houses many international business’ headquarters as well as retail and entertainment facilities especially popular in the evenings.
Seoul: Songpa Naru Park’s Cherry Blossoms by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: Lotte World at dusk.
Songpa Naru Park is one of the finest places in Seoul to view the spectacular annual cherry blossoms. Located in the south-east of the city in the Songpa-gu district, the park is conveniently adjacent to Jamsil Station, Lotte World and the Lotte World Mall complex. Every April the two central lakes are surrounded by the beautiful sight of hundreds of cherry blossom trees in full bloom, making this an ideal place to enjoy the warmer spring weather whilst taking a walk in amongst the trees.
Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 and 8), Exit 2, 3, or 10.
Seoul von Seoul Korea Über Flickr: Tongin Market in the Seochon neighborhood has a 90 year history as a traditional market. Here you can find all kinds of Korean food and other essentials for reasonable prices. Particular to Tongin Market is its Dosirak, or lunchbox, program. To participate you use a tray and go from food seller to seller buying what you want from the choices of various side dishes available, and then pay using old fashioned brass coins which used to be currency long ago. A particular favorite to try when visiting is Tteokbokki, which is a popular Korean food made from rice cake, fish cake and sweet red chili sauce.
Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Station. Exit 2 or 3.
Seoul: Mullae Art Village by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: The narrow alleyways have plenty of photogenic spots to explore.
Mullae Art Village is an up and coming neighbourhood in Mullae-dong, a neighbourhood previously known for being the home to small forges and metalwork factories. Alongside the steel workers, artists, designers, restaurants and cafes have started moving into the area and bringing new life to this part of the city. Here you can really get a feel for Seoul’s industrial past as you explore a warren of small alleyways with murals painted on the walls and metalwork sculptures dotted around too.
Mullae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Seoul Fortress Trail: Naksan Section by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: The Naksan section of the Seoul fortress trail covers an enjoyable scenic route from Hansung University Station and the Hyehwa Gate travelling south alongside Naksan Park and Ihwa Mural Village until you arrive in the crowded, neon streets of Dongdaemun with the landmark Dongdaemun Gate at the foot of the pathway. The route itself doesn’t take too long to cover with sunset a recommended time to visit so as to enjoy the spectacular views across the city at their finest.
Hansung University Station, Seoul Subway Line 4. Exit 4.
Dongdaemun Station, Seoul Subway Line 1 or 4. Exit 1.
Dongdaemun History and Culture Station, Seoul Subway Line, 2, 4, or 5. Exit 1
Seoul: Nagwon Instrument Arcade by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: Proclaimed as the largest music mall in the world, Nagwon Instrument Arcade in Seoul’s central Jongno-gu district is the premier place in Seoul for purchasing musical instruments. Conveniently located close to Insa-dong and Tapgol Park, the building has stores and stores selling all kinds of musical instruments from pianos, guitars, accordions to traditional Korean instruments too. Fans of classic movies will appreciate the cinema on the fourth floor dedicated to golden oldies, and in the basement an expansive market can be found.
Jongno 3-ga Station, Line 1, 3, or 5, Exit 5.