Heart & Seoul

 

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We left Manila ready to get lost in the big city that is Seoul. Get lost, we did. But in the process of getting lost, we discovered something special – the kindness of its people, reaching out to help despite the language barrier.

On the tram at the airport when we arrived, a middle aged woman gave up her seat for one of my elderly parents. Outside the subway station on our first day, a man offered to take our photo. At the subway as I was checking the map before we head out, an old man talked to me. I didn‘t understand a word he said, but I recognized the sincerity in his smile and gesture.

 

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The Korean War devastated most of Seoul, but the Koreans were fast to recover. They built modern skyscrapers, sleek highways, and developed advanced technology. It is mind-boggling to think that it wasn‘t 50 plus years ago that most of Seoul was flattened.

 

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While technological innovation is an important part of their lifestyle, they also understand the significance of preserving their culture and tradition. It is a city where contemporary and ancient exists in harmonious balance. Often you see temples make an interesting contrast with the modern architecture that surrounds it.

 

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We came for the temples, but we left with the kindness of its people and the faces of the cute little kids on our minds.

 

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~ by Happy Sole on June 29, 2014.

2 Responses to “Heart & Seoul”

  1. Nice to hear a latest update from you, happy sole… it’s been a while enjoying reading your travel stories… And beautiful photos! ‘Hope to read more upcoming travel stories from you.

    • thank you, ian! it’s nice to know that people still visit & read this page even though i’ve been remiss in updating it. so sorry! but thanks a lot!!

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