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…
The view from our apartment over the huge city of Seoul
Visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between north and south korea looks fun
But against its name, it’s one of the most militarized zones in the world
Somewhere near the DMZ, a 4km broad landstrip between the two countries, which are officially in war since 1950.
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.
Leaving the DMZ by bus, accompanied by the US Army.
Back in Seoul, it doesn’t seem that the people on the streets are much interested in the conflict
At the local market in Seoul
Posing in front of the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace
Preparing for the next photo spot
The nice and easy accessible canal, in downtown Seoul
K-Pop concert, or something similar, on the huge central square in the capital
Nice view from the 555m high Lotte tower, with an observation deck on 491m.
Most often, there is more than one company located within one building
At the war memorial and museum
One of the quite interesting exhibition objects from the korean war.
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.
One of very few foreign tourists we have seen
Even Jeongdongjin is a very small fisher town, the restaurants are very colorful enlightened
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.
Railroad crossing with two ships on a hill in the background (the ship in front is under construction)
Another war memorial on the eastern coast, which is heavily guarded by south korean soldiers.
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.
Inside the north korean submarine.
The heavily guarded coast.
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…
Fortress in Jinju, somewhere in the southern part of Korea
The fisherboats of Tongyeong, ready for the next morning
View from the summit to the many islands in the sea of Japan
At the fishmarket in Tongyeong
And a much bigger fishmarket in Busan, the next day
Any sizes of squids are available
In the lower floor, the living fish and seafood was sold; in the upper floor the dried things
Downtown Busan with a doubledecker 4-lane highway, connecting far away parts of the huge city
Hiking in Busan
Back in Busan
And again in Seoul, ready for the night-flight to…
Some tall building in Dubai
View from the not so famous tower to the main boulevard
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.