South Korea (Part 1)
Having an immense passion for photography I try and shoot as much as I can of whatever passes my eyes during my travels and stays. Thing is I end up with thousands of photos and not always having the time to process them but that’s ok. I made a start so here we go. This is from my time in South Korea. I shot so many photos of South Korea I have to do this in several parts. As a matter of fact I have to do all the places I have been in several parts looking at my Lightroom “library”. But it will be fun. So, yes South Korea. I lived here for two years from 2005 till 2007 in Seoul. I lived in Gangnam, Samseong Dong. Yes that Gangnam so you could say I have lived the “Gangnam Style”. A fascinating City with plenty history which is very much noticable looking at the traditional buildings scattered through the City in-between the modern skyscrapers that fill the city. A population of over 10 million and I think I met every one of them. The whole metropolitan area is the world’s second largest with over 25 million people. Needless to say it’s a busy place. And when you say to a South Korean from Seoul that you don’t want to be stuck in traffic…..well they just laugh at you with a look that says….”You’re new here right?” There simply is no such thing as “not being stuck in traffic” in Seoul. The subway here is excellent and cheap so why would you choose to drive unless you need a taxi. But packed to the roof and with South Koreans being kim-chi lovers this can be a whole new experience. Those who lived in Seoul know what I mean. Great stuff by the way kim-chi. I love it and it’s very good for you as well.
South Koreans just love their country and they are very proud of it. And I must say I had a bit of an advantage. How so? Well being a born Dutchmen I had the advantage thanks to a man called Guus Hiddink. This man is an absolute GOD in South Korea and he is very much loved still to this day. He took the South Korean National soccer team to a fourth place during the 2002 FIFA World Cup which was held in Seoul. This was never achieved in the history of soccer in South Korea. Guus Hiddink put South Korean soccer on the world map and because of that achievement South Korean soccer players like Park Chu Young, Ki Sung Yeung, Kim Bo Kyung and the likes started to filter through on the world scene of soccer and played in the EPL. Guus Hiddink is more important to South Koreans than their own President. He received automatic Citizenship amongst other royalties. Huge posters of him were positioned everywhere in the subway. This man is a hero to many South Koreans. South Koreans love the Dutch and love Holland all thanks to this man. I remember coming back to Seoul from my holidays and happen to wear a Orange sports Jacket from the Dutch National Soccer team and it had “Nederland” written on the back and the guys at customs at Incheon Airport all having their thumbs up saying..”Holland vely gooood” Never had any problems at that airport. Now being a Westerner you can be a bit of an attraction in Seoul to say the least so people will stare at you. Once in the subway this guy was staring at me for a while as if I had just dropped down to earth from some god forsaken place and slammed right into a seat next to him. He then said to me ” You go back to America.” In a joking way I said something like “Well if you don’t mind I prefer South America, I have never been there”. He then asked “Whele you flom”? “From holland and thanks for asking” I said. Suddenly he jumped up and started to shake my hand ” OOOOOHHH Holland vely goooood….Guus Hiddink….vely gooood”
to be continued…