Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Occidental Tourist

Having lived in Seoul for quite sometime now, it was easy for me to ignore the places, the sights and the sounds of the city which all fascinated me the first time I planed into this country.


I always said to myself, that for me not to get bored while living in Seoul, I should always think of myself as a tourist...with a working visa! Ha-ha-ha!


But there are days when I get caught in the meshwork of daily living (and work!) that I always fail to realize that the Korean cuisine I enjoy, places in Seoul I pass through, festivals I attend and the people I bump into are the experiences that tourists and people who want to visit Korea would want to experience as well.


So, one day, on the anniversary of my arrival in Seoul, I decided to spend an afternoon downtown and looked at the city through the eyes of a tourist.


And being from Occidental Negros (in the Philippines), I chose to call this blog, The Occidental Tourist (actually a twist from that movie of Geena Davis which earned her an Academy Award; I just replaced one vowel. Ha-ha-ha!).


And like a tourist would, I armed myself with a camera, a pair of Nike Presto, fresh legs and a tourist map, which I never had to read! Ha-ha-ha! (I think I know this city so well, I am as good as your hired tour guide. Ha-ha-ha!)


So, I went to the most tourist-y area, Myeong-dong, and made the Myeongdong Cathedral my first stop as I, being a Catholic, had to give thanks to You-Know-Who for keeping me safe all these years, and for not being run over by those crazy drivers in the city who do not know the real purpose of traffic lights!
                     (inside the Myeongdong Cathedral)
And here are the photographs taken by the Occidental Tourist...
                                            (the road along Myeong-dong)
                                               (vendors in Myeong-dong)
                                    (a smaller alley in Myeong-dong)

                                               (portraitists and customers)


                                                                      (hats!)
                                                             (stuffed toys!)
                                   (local and international shoppers!)
(the 'beauty lane' in Myeongdong)
               (promo girls of the 'beauty shops' calling on customers)


                              (Japanese tourists tasting Korean barbecue)
                                         (bags!)
 (the underground shopping center at the City Hall area)


                               (the pedestrian lane to the Seoul Plaza)
                  (people cooling off at the Seoul Plaza)
               (the Kyobo Building at Gwanghwamun. I think I  had pasta once at the restaurant on its ground floor) 

                                                        (an afternoon traffic)
                                                      (a man with a message)
                        (the art piece at the tip of Cheonggye Stream)
                                                         (the Seoul mascot)
(a performance at the Seoul Plaza)


                                           (a samkyeobsal restaurant)
                        (darkness falls in the city)


And I ended my tour with a dinner at the Tony Roma's restaurant in Myeong-dong and rewarded myself with their yummy baked salmon with mashed potatoes!


(Baked salmon with mashed potato as dinner for the hungry tourist at Tony Roma's in Myeongdong. 
Notice the Seoul map for tourist? 
Just a decoration, I didn't actually have to use it. Ha-ha-ha!)


                               (McFlurry as dessert!)


Until the next tour!

8 comments:

  1. hi hey i really love reading your blog =) im sooo jealous i want to go to Korea and live there =) its so beautiful....

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  2. hi al, consider me as one of your avid fan, wish i can visit korea with our friends .

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  3. Thanks, guys! I'm sure you'll be able to visit Korea soon. And if you do, just drop me a note if you need any info. :-)

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  4. ill be visiting korea with a friend hopefully sometime soon. =) i want to stay at hongdae area.. and do some (serious stalking with korean idols in their dorms hehehe just kidding... no seriously i want too hehehe!!!we want to go there on winter season oh well ...im really hoping...i really need a big budget coz i shop crazy...=) korea is just amazingly beautiful sigh =) uummm sorry this is so out of the blue question... sorry if you find it ridiculous hehehe i was just wondering how come you dont include yourself on your pictures? hehehe how young are you? =)

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  5. Hongdae is cool if you want to always hang out at bars and clubs. That's what it's famous for. But for bargain shopping, you need to hit Dongdaemun, the underground shopping at Express Bus Terminal and the Garibong outlets. Why I don't include my photo in the blog? I want my readers to see Korea through my eyes, as the way I see it. I actually have photos of myself in a few blogs, but being a photographer, I always have fun featuring others. :-)

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  6. ahhh i see... =)cool. ok tnx for the tips =)

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  7. stay healthy bro and more power!

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  8. that alley in Myong-Dong reminded me of the alley which is also in Myong-Dong in this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bamYJaCpTqI

    I wonder if it's the very same alley?

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