March 29, 2011

Korea - Built Enviroment

You've got to click on this picture to really take it in.

Seoul's greater metropolitan area has a population of 24.5 million people making it the second biggest city in the world (after Tokyo).  Despite this it was a beautiful city - clean streets, nestled in mountains, felt safe - and had a human scale due to most of the fuctionality (shops, restaurants, services) being spread across the first two stories of all the buildings across the city.  It felt like a very new city even though people have lived here for at least 2000 years and some of the architecture was pretty out there.
New Condos in the middle of older housing.

An interesting mall with the circulation spiraling up like the Guggenheim in New York.

The Campus center at EWHA Womans University.

The transportation center at Incheon Airport.  Looked like an alien spaceship.

The inside of the transportation center.

One of the old neighborhoods that has not been torn down for new condos.  The steps were insane.
A park along the river.

View from our hotel.

The Teheranno buisness district - it was close to where we were working.

The Galleria - the facade was animated.


rags said...

Nice pictures. Did you end up visiting the crazy wine bar?

Jacob Haynes said...

No, it looked al little too CRAZY.

Sister said...

Jacob Haynes, I need to call you sometime soon to chat about baby and korea!!! I might be going. This is easier than a text anyways. Love you, call me or Ill call you esta fin de semana

Oh, and you can update my link on your page to instead of my flickr. It ran out of room so i cant post pics there anymore