South Korea & Dubai

For two weeks we visited South Korea, from Seoul to Busan, from Jeongdongjin to Tongyeong. The highlights included the DMZ at the northern border as well as the huge fishmarket in the southern part. At the end, we did a short stopover in Dubai. Enjoy some pictures…

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The view from our apartment over the huge city of Seoul
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Visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between north and south korea looks fun
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But against its name, it’s one of the most militarized zones in the world
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Somewhere near the DMZ, a 4km broad landstrip between the two countries, which are officially in war since 1950.
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In the middle of the DMZ at Panmunjeon (Joint Security Area). These buildings are located on both sides of the MDL (Military Demarcation Line – something like an official border) and are used for official talks between the UN and the two Koreas.
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Leaving the DMZ by bus, accompanied by the US Army.
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Back in Seoul, it doesn’t seem that the people on the streets are much interested in the conflict
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At the local market in Seoul
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Posing in front of the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Preparing for the next photo spot
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The nice and easy accessible canal, in downtown Seoul
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K-Pop concert, or something similar, on the huge central square in the capital
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Nice view from the 555m high Lotte tower, with an observation deck on 491m.
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Most often, there is more than one company located within one building
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At the war memorial and museum
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One of the quite interesting exhibition objects from the korean war.
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The bus system in Korea is very easy understandable and works perfectly. We took the bus to the small town Jeongdongjin at the eastern coast.
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One of very few foreign tourists we have seen
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Even Jeongdongjin is a very small fisher town, the restaurants are very colorful enlightened
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A boat. On a hill. This boat on a hill is a hotel. A nice one, where we were sleeping on deck 4 for two nights.
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Railroad crossing with two ships on a hill in the background (the ship in front is under construction)
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Another war memorial on the eastern coast, which is heavily guarded by south korean soldiers.
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The coast is guarded because, amongst other things, a north korean submarine was detected and overtaken in 1996 by south korea. 40 people, including civilians, were killed at the end. In the front you see a south korean warship, fully accessible as a museum.
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Inside the north korean submarine.
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The heavily guarded coast.
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K-Pop radio!
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In the evening we decided for a fresh crab in this local restaurant. There wasn’t only crab on our table, but also a lot of mussles and undefined sea-things. The crab was delicious…
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Fortress in Jinju, somewhere in the southern part of Korea
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The fisherboats of Tongyeong, ready for the next morning
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View from the summit to the many islands in the sea of Japan
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At the fishmarket in Tongyeong
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And a much bigger fishmarket in Busan, the next day
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Any sizes of squids are available
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In the lower floor, the living fish and seafood was sold; in the upper floor the dried things
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Downtown Busan with a doubledecker 4-lane highway, connecting far away parts of the huge city
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Hiking in Busan
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Back in Busan
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And again in Seoul, ready for the night-flight to…
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… Dubai
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Some tall building in Dubai
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View from the not so famous tower to the main boulevard
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We were in Dubai during Ramadan. Here’s the official canon in Downtown that indicates the end of the day, thus beginning of the fast-break. The guy in the front makes sure, the cannon shots at the exact second of the local sunset.

That’s it!

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