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Samecheong-Dong is a collection of traditional streets and homes located a stones throw away from the old downtown (6 more large CBD's have since sprung up). It's home to many ambassador's from other countries and lots of fantastic cafe's, galleries and restaurants. This is truly a must-see if you're ever in this part of the world. It's a stark contrast from the rest of Seoul, made even more special by the fact that it's located in the centre of such a gigantic metropolis full of flashing neon lights and modern conveniences. I went there for the day with some Korean friends who were excellent tour guides.

One of the first buildings that greeted me as I exited Anguk station and entered Samcheong-Dong.
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One of the many unique cafes in the area. It's very refreshing to see places that look like that would look at home in Kensington market in Seoul. This a city dominated by 6 Starbucks clones and Starbucks itself of course.
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The older areas feature a tangled mess of wires above.
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We had a traditional Korean lunch, you can't find this dish at Bloor and Christie...
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A cute french restaraunt.
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Me taking a picture of my friend taking a picture of my friend.
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Don't think too many foreigners would get their degree from this place. I wonder what the enrollment is like...
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Seoul is nestled in between dozens of mountains such as this one.
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A view of the old downtown.
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A security building housed at the entrance to where many of the ambassador's homes are located...
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South African ambassador's residence, don't think Canada's is in this neighborhood. Homes like this must be worth millions in this city where to be rich is to have a 1,000 sq foot condo with a single parking space.
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This area is called Book Cheon, it is the only village with traditional Korean homes in all of Seoul.
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Group photo, me and my guides...
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Me posing on some interesting street furniture as we left Samcheong-Dong...
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Pop cans here are much skinnier and hold far less, I prefer this.
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The way back into the hustle and bustle of Seoul...
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Bonus picture, a view of the city just down the street from where I live.
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Great pics. That looks like a fantastic neighbourhood. People aren't exaggerating when they say almost everything is English.
 
Great pics. That looks like a fantastic neighbourhood. People aren't exaggerating when they say almost everything is English.

Thanks... it is a terrific area, unlike anywhere else I've been to in Korea.
A lot of the signs are in English, but that is more so in the tourist areas (which Samcheong-Dong has become) than other neighborhoods. A lot of Koreans can at least read English and new words introduced into the language since 1900 or so are usually pronounced the same as the English word of the same meaning (well as close as you can get using Hangul). North Korea doesn't follow this practice which is why Korean is no longer 1 distinct language. North Korea also doesn't have the same English obsession that South Korea does. I hope to get out and take more pictures now that the weather's so beautiful.
 
Great tour, thanks wonderboy416.

You're welcome, I've been meaning to do a few more but stupidly didn't bring my camera with me the last few times I went exploring.

Since I only have 4 months left in Seoul does anyone have any requests? Any specific neighbourhoods?
 

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