, and nowadays it is the main business and cultural center, by analogy with the North American cities, carries the name of Downtown. The modern 10-million Seoul megalopolis has a set of the lively areas, each of which is similar to the big city itself. But exactly from here, from a present downtown the development of
Seoul begun. Only in 60 years it turned from the destroyed by war city into the one of the largest centers of modern Asia.
The center of Seoul downtown is a City-Hall and the square in front of it.
Those May days the memorial in memory of the dead on the Sewol ferry which has sunk at the southwest coast of Korea three weeks before was settled down in front of the City-Hall.
On one of streets of Seoul downtown is set the rare tram which for many years was one of the main types of city transport.
And now we will go down to the subway. The Seoul subway is the third in the world on an annual passenger traffic (after Tokyo and Beijing) and the fourth on the extention of lines (after Shanghai, Beijing and London). The Seoul subway is closely integrated with a railway system of the country and the subway of the satellite town of Incheon (where the international airport is located), alltogether forming together an enormous uniform transport system of all capital region. The subway here is, perhaps, the most convenient way of movement across Seoul, both for tourists, and for citizens.
Unlike Pyongyang, registration of stations of the Seoul subway doesn't differ in special grandiosity and originality. It is very modern, convenient and practical construction. Here you can see a typical station of the Seoul subway.
In the subway cab on Sunday. By the way, all information in the Seoul subway is given in four languages – Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English.
To avoid people falling on rails, at all stations railway tracks are separated from platforms by special walls with sliding doors.
The system of payment may be various. There are single tickets, and there are cards for long time where it is possible to put the deposit which is automatically read out after every trip. The cost of a trip depends on distance you go.
The escalator of transfer station in the center of Seoul looks like this:
The main waterway of Seoul is the river Huanggang, wide, but shallow. Within the city there are 24 bridges of the most different types and designs across Huanggang. 20 of them are automobile bridges and 4 are railway bridges. Some more bridges are under construction now.
Citizens like to have a rest on the river.
In southwest part of Seoul the island of
with a park zone and several modern business quarters is located. :)
The island of Yeouido is separated from "continental" part of the city by the river Huanggang and its small arm across which several bridges including this very unusual pedestrian bridge are also built.
There are business quarters of the island of Yeouido.
In conclusion I will provide two more photos of typical city streets.