A modern Seoul

As you may guess Seoul besides being the capital of Korea is also a modern city. Everyone know the electronic brands like Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia etc … These big companies actually propelled the economy of the country during the 90’s. Nowadays, if you go in Korea you will see a lot of high buildings, big screens, electronic devices everywhere.

 The most impressive example of this modernity is Seoul. This is the most developed city in Korea (which make sense because half of the population is living there).

The most impressive example of this modernity is Seoul. This is the most developed city in Korea (which make sense because half of the population is living there).

One place where you can find high, shiny, impressive buildings are in the area of Apujeong where all the plastic surgery offices are. If you are from a country where buildings are part of your life such as New York you will find nothing extraordinary. But if you are like me, from a country where high and shiny buildings are not in every corner of streets it’s a new experience.

Another place where modernity is omnipresent is at the Cheonggyecheon river. Indeed this river has been built by the city of Seoul for Koreans. Now, they are enjoying to walk there near the built river in the middle of the buildings. Honestly, before going there I wasn’t really excited of walking near a fake river between the buildings but surprisingly it was great. You don’t hear the cars, the river and vegetation near it are pretty and if you just want to grab a drink you can go upstairs and go in a building.

During the weekends a lot of Seoulites are spending time there with their family or friends.

An area of Seoul where modernity is also present is Gangnam. This business center full of men and women  wearing suits, has a lot of modern buildings with the name of the companies like Samsung on them. There is also a lot of luxury shops in beautiful buildings. If you go there at the evening lighting of the buildings is pretty.

The last example of modernity in Seoul is the huge mall called « Coex »  which is the largest in the world. This big complex is a big building. In the inside, you can find led flowers, clean areas, electronic map, glass window etc… There, you can find anything from shops to restaurants and even an aquarium. Anyway, Coex is the perfect example of a modern and moving Seoul.

At the end of the day, the modernity of Seoul and Korea is also combined with a strong traditionality. This is what makes Korea a country full of contrast and a country with a strong personality.

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