It depends who your friends are, but Seoul can be tiring. Come on, it’s the 21st century; hundreds of cities never sleep now – not just New York, Tokyo and some jet-lagged gambling mirage on an American desert horizon – but Seoul can’t help it. There’s no getting in taxis at dawn to drink vino verde in a docker’s zinc like you might in Porto, there’s no need to end an evening with pints in the pre-dawn palette world of London’s meat marketeers; in Seoul nowhere really stops, no one ever seems to sleep. It depends who your friends are, but Seoul…
Namasan and N Seoul Tower, built in 1969
Film director Inan and design consultant Kim Seil
COEX exhibition centre
Roadside food seller in Hongdae, cooking on a traditional barbecue
Front of Jeongdok Public Library in Samcheong-dong
Korean ‘hanok’ (traditional house)
Cork for Turtle restaurant
Tosokchon ‘samgyetang’ (ginseng chicken soup)
Roadside vendor making ‘hotteok’ (rice pancakes)
Covernat director Yun Hyungseok
Modernist views taking in the COEX building
Han Taemin, director of San Francisco Market retail store
Garosu-gil area of Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul lobby
Schoolchildren from Sinsa-dong neighbourhood
University student couple
Street scene in Samcheong-dong
Kim Gayoung, designer at Jardin de Chouette
Horim Art Center in Dosan Road
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