Travel Guide - Seoul

Through the first half of the 20th century, Seoul seemed destined to remain in the shadow of the region's neighboring mega-cities Tokyo and Beijing. Since the late-80s, however, the South Korean capital has thrown its hat into the ring and assertively managed to attract vast amounts of culture and commerce.
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Chon-Gae River Restoration Along Chon-Gae River, Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Dongdaemun-gu Kim Mik-young, 2005  The Chon-Gae River is a seven-mile green corridor that begins in the central business district of the city and heads east. Before the restoration it was a polluted and covered water-way. The demolition of nearly four miles of at grade and elevated highway overcame the division of the city, creating a pedestrian zone from this former vehicular way. Photo: Martin Eberle

Chon-Gae River Restoration Along Chon-Gae River, Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Dongdaemun-gu Kim Mik-young, 2005 The Chon-Gae River is a seven-mile green corridor that begins in the central business district of the city and heads east. Before the restoration it was a polluted and covered water-way. The demolition of nearly four miles of at grade and elevated highway overcame the division of the city, creating a pedestrian zone from this former vehicular way. Photo: Martin Eberle

World Peace Gate 426, Olimpik-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu Kim Joong-up, 1988  The World Peace Gate is located at the west entrance of the Olympic Park. It features an eternal flame with the Seoul Peace Declaration inscribed and was built for the 1988 Olympic Games. It is constructed at the Seonlin Commemoration Park within the Olympic Park as a steel-reinforced concrete structure. With a height of 24 m, it possesses a solemn appearance. Photo: Martin Eberle

World Peace Gate 426, Olimpik-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu Kim Joong-up, 1988 The World Peace Gate is located at the west entrance of the Olympic Park. It features an eternal flame with the Seoul Peace Declaration inscribed and was built for the 1988 Olympic Games. It is constructed at the Seonlin Commemoration Park within the Olympic Park as a steel-reinforced concrete structure. With a height of 24 m, it possesses a solemn appearance. Photo: Martin Eberle

Daeyang Gallery & House Seongbuk-dong, Seungbuk-gu Steven Holl with E.rae Architects, 2012  The Daeyang gallery and house at the foot of the Kangbuk hills was designed by American architect Steven Holl for a wealthy family. It contains three pavilions; one for the lobby, one for the residence and one for events. In the center there is a reflecting pool with a glass bottom that allows natural daylight to fall through it into the lower floor. Photo: Martin Eberle

Daeyang Gallery & House Seongbuk-dong, Seungbuk-gu Steven Holl with E.rae Architects, 2012 The Daeyang gallery and house at the foot of the Kangbuk hills was designed by American architect Steven Holl for a wealthy family. It contains three pavilions; one for the lobby, one for the residence and one for events. In the center there is a reflecting pool with a glass bottom that allows natural daylight to fall through it into the lower floor. Photo: Martin Eberle

Tanheo Memorial Museum 285 Jagok-dong, Gangnam-gu Lee Sung-kwan, HANUL Architects & Engineers, 2008  The Tanheo Memorial Museum was built to commemorate Korean Buddhist monk and theorist Tanheo Sunim. The museum with a summon hall and educational spaces was designed by Lee Sung-kwan and is one of the finest museums in Korea. It was built as a modern piece of architecture which reinterprets traditional temples. Photo: Martin Eberle

Tanheo Memorial Museum 285 Jagok-dong, Gangnam-gu Lee Sung-kwan, HANUL Architects & Engineers, 2008 The Tanheo Memorial Museum was built to commemorate Korean Buddhist monk and theorist Tanheo Sunim. The museum with a summon hall and educational spaces was designed by Lee Sung-kwan and is one of the finest museums in Korea. It was built as a modern piece of architecture which reinterprets traditional temples. Photo: Martin Eberle

Seoul Museum of History 2-1 Sinmunno 1 ga, Jongno-gu Kimm Jong-sun, 1998  Seoul was the capital of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty, and the Seoul Museum of History depicts the evolution of the city from its prehistoric period to today. It also contains a giant city model. The building is made of steel and glass is shaped like a large 'U' in plan with a semi-enclosed courtyard in the middle. Photo: Martin Eberle

Seoul Museum of History 2-1 Sinmunno 1 ga, Jongno-gu Kimm Jong-sun, 1998 Seoul was the capital of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty, and the Seoul Museum of History depicts the evolution of the city from its prehistoric period to today. It also contains a giant city model. The building is made of steel and glass is shaped like a large 'U' in plan with a semi-enclosed courtyard in the middle. Photo: Martin Eberle

Lock Museum 100 Ihwajang-gil, Daehakro, Jongno-gu Iroje Architects/Seung Hyo-sang, 2004  The Lock Museum houses a private collection of handmade metal works. It is owned and founded by Choi Hong-kyu, who has made his fortune selling door locks and other hardware. Photo: Martin Eberle

Lock Museum 100 Ihwajang-gil, Daehakro, Jongno-gu Iroje Architects/Seung Hyo-sang, 2004 The Lock Museum houses a private collection of handmade metal works. It is owned and founded by Choi Hong-kyu, who has made his fortune selling door locks and other hardware. Photo: Martin Eberle

Museum of Art (of the Seoul National University) San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu Rem Koolhaas/OMA, 2005  The design of the Museum of Art at the campus entrance of the Seoul National University is intended to serve as a link between academia and the public. The building, designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA from Rotterdam, cantilevers and appears to be sliced at an angle, creating a covered plaza. Photo: Martin Eberle

Museum of Art (of the Seoul National University) San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu Rem Koolhaas/OMA, 2005 The design of the Museum of Art at the campus entrance of the Seoul National University is intended to serve as a link between academia and the public. The building, designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA from Rotterdam, cantilevers and appears to be sliced at an angle, creating a covered plaza. Photo: Martin Eberle

Energy Dream Center 14 Jeungsan-ro, Mapo-gu GAP Architekten, 2012  The Energy Dream Center is a center for renewable energy. With a floor space of 3500 m2, the zero energy building houses exhibitions and information related to renewable energy. Headed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE from Germany, it combines energy savings and efficiency. Photo: Martin Eberle

Energy Dream Center 14 Jeungsan-ro, Mapo-gu GAP Architekten, 2012 The Energy Dream Center is a center for renewable energy. With a floor space of 3500 m2, the zero energy building houses exhibitions and information related to renewable energy. Headed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE from Germany, it combines energy savings and efficiency. Photo: Martin Eberle

Jeoldusan Martyr's Shrine Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu Lee Hee-tae, 1967  The Jeoldu-san (or 'beheading mountain') is a rocky promontory overlooking the Han River. It once served as a light house for the ferries on the river. The Martyr's shrine dominates this hill next to Yanghwajin Foreigners' Cemetery and is considered to be Lee Hee-tae's masterpiece. Photo: Martin Eberle

Jeoldusan Martyr's Shrine Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu Lee Hee-tae, 1967 The Jeoldu-san (or 'beheading mountain') is a rocky promontory overlooking the Han River. It once served as a light house for the ferries on the river. The Martyr's shrine dominates this hill next to Yanghwajin Foreigners' Cemetery and is considered to be Lee Hee-tae's masterpiece. Photo: Martin Eberle

Luce Chapel of Yonsei University 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu Kim Seok-jai, 1974  The Luce Chapel Is the architectural highlight of Yonsei University Campus and was sponsored by the Luce Foundation. The building is used as the headquarters for the Office of Chaplaincy and hosts a sanctuary, prayer room, classrooms, and offices. Most official university ceremonies, worship services and religious meetings are held in this building as well. Photo: Martin Eberle

Luce Chapel of Yonsei University 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu Kim Seok-jai, 1974 The Luce Chapel Is the architectural highlight of Yonsei University Campus and was sponsored by the Luce Foundation. The building is used as the headquarters for the Office of Chaplaincy and hosts a sanctuary, prayer room, classrooms, and offices. Most official university ceremonies, worship services and religious meetings are held in this building as well. Photo: Martin Eberle


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