Gahoe-dong has one of the oldest alleys in Seoul. The area used to be an exclusive area for nobles, scholars, and homes of government officials hence it was well-maintained. Many of the hanok, Korean traditional houses, have been remodeled into cafe, restaurant and teahouses. At the intersections, there are far more three-forked roads than crossroads. Here, you can see the beauty of Bukchon in one glance – a sight used in many advertisements.
Lotte World is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record) which is open all year around, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, an artificial island inside a lake linked bymonorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters all in one place. Opened on July 12, 1989, Lotte World receives over 8 million visitors each year and is considered along with Tokyo Disney Resort as one of the world-class theme parks in Asia.
These Shinto Temples were located on the west flank of Namsan Mountain at the top of the 1,000 Steps. This photo was taken during the Korean War. Both the temples and the 1,000 Steps were destroyed after the war. The old Seoul Railway Station (the long red building with the large dark dome, about two inches from the right margin and one inch from the top) can be seen in the upper right part of the photo. It still exists as part of a modern railway station complex.