Thursday, July 19, 2007


This is Namdaemun(the original name is Sungnyemun), which was the main gate of the castle surrounding Seoul and built in the late 14th century thus the oldest wooden architecture existing in Seoul. At present, as one of Seoul's landmarks, the name is famous for the old market in the area, which is said there are everything you want. Therefore, I strongly recommend you to visit this market to enjoy the real lives of ordinary folks.

When I was about to take a picture of this giant gate, a man carrying a trolley entered in an angle. It looks like I cut his feature from another photo and pasted him onto this one, which is, to me, the best part of this photo. This guy standing in the middle of the road with modern cars passing by him is in a similar position with Namdaemun being surrounded by the much taller modern buildings.


travelphilippines said...

wow thats a great looking castle plus its made of from wood.. great

Sunkyoung said...

TP - This is only a gate and the most of the castle removed and/or destroyed. But, it is so fortunate we still have the gates.