King Sejong is a great hero of Korea. My particular interest is that his scholars created the simplified Korean alphabet (rather than use the Chinese one) so that ordinary people could become literate. It made my learning of Korean, hundreds of years later, possible.

King Sejong statue Seoul

Underneath this statue on Gwanghwamun Square is an exhibition about his life and also of another great Korean hero, General Yi Sun-Sin.

King Sejong statue Seoul

"The language of our people is different from Chinese and hence cannot be expressed properly in Chinese characters. That is why there are many uneducated people who cannot express themselves even if they have things to say. Taking pity on them, I have made twenty-eight letters, hoping that all our people can learn them easily and use them comfortably every day."

King Sejong statue Seoul

this marks King Sejong's birthplace in theĀ  Sejong Village area of Seoul

King Sejong's birthplace

General Yi Sun-Sin's statue, Gwanghwamun Square.

General Yi Sun-Sin statue Seoul

contrasts of Seoul

girls in hanbok Seoul

old and new Seoul

typical Seoul features: old buildings, new buildings, giant screens, mountains in the distance

old and new Seoul

another view of that large screen, which overlooks Gwanghwamun Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gwanghwamun Gate

changing of the guard at Gwanghwamun Gate

Gwanghwamun Gate changing of the guard

changing of the guard Gwanghwamun Gate

contrasts of Seoul

I was fascinated that Alice in Wonderland is so well-known in Seoul. This shop is in the Sejong Village part of Seoul.

Alice in Wonderland Seoul

this poster is across the pavement from the shop

Alice in Wonderland Seoul

this shop, with an Alice in Wonderland display in the window, is in Insa-Dong, Seoul, but I wanted to keep the Alice things together

Insa-Dong Alice in Wonderland Seoul

view from the hotel which had a garden on the roof, lighted tree by the Jogyesa Temple below, top of the green lighted Namsan Tower in the centre distance behind buildings

view of Seoul at night