I stayed just two nights at the Hyatt Andaz hotel in this area of the city. Seoul is a very large city in terms of area and people, so I wanted a flavor of different parts. On this day I spent a portion walking the city streets. I expected the streets to be more crowded than I found, but it was around noon time so maybe less than normal?
I walked the 20 minutes or so to Garisugil street from my hotel, an area known for shopping. I'm really not much of a shopper but thought it was a good place to people watch and perhaps interact (I found South Koreans very difficult to interact with due to their reserved nature and poor English skills).
A view of Garisugil street:
Wow! Where is everybody? This is a city of nearly 10 million and this is a well known shopping street? Doesn't look like New York, that's for sure.
Video of my walk:
I didn't find this area interesting at all. I was hoping for packed streets and to see how people dressed in the city. Always an interesting watch as people express their individuality. But, nothing here, move on....
I took a side street from here:
Only slightly more interesting. I did run into one individualistic personality:
But this was far from my expectations. Where are all the colorful street people? Why are you denying me my entertainment?
Oh well, moving on....
None of the streets I visited were very busy. But then this is not the busiest area of Seoul, either. Many more on the northern side of the Han River, I think.
Lunches are very reasonable in the city compared to other cities of the world. 10,000 KWN is less than $7.40 USD as I write this. I was quite surprised overall in the low cost of things here. Being a more developed country I expected prices to rival that of the USA. But they seemed more like 60 - 70% of USA prices to me. Taxis were very reasonable here also.
With so many things like park admissions being free, it's quite possible to have a nice vacation here on points and miles for very little out of pocket. I spent less than half what I expected so far on this trip.
Many scenes like this in the city. One scene where I didn't have my phone out for pictures, there were about 10 young girls walking together, none interacting with their group, as all were looking at their phones.
I wonder what an alien would think of the pod people here on earth. They would likely think the phones are the masters and the people their slaves. Maybe it's true?
This is the last street picture I took here. This is a common scene in South Korea. Many restaurants with a few patrons but a few, like this one, with a line waiting to enter. I know most foreigners would like to eat where the locals do, but for me, I never think food is worth waiting in line for. But that's just an opinion, not an indictment on those that think good food is worth the wait.
I spent about 1 1/2 hours on this street stroll then it was off to the parks along the river. Not a very exciting day so far.