is the capital of South Korea, and it's very different from Pyongyang - the North Korea's capital, like a cropduster is different from modern fighter, like Pithecanthropus from Homo Sapiens.
It's amazing how in a few decades the same nation divided by a demarcation zone has reached quite a different level of life. Some succeeded in praising of their leaders, but at the same time they walk from one city to another because of the lack of private vehicles and sit at night in the dim light of the energy-saving lamps. Meanwhile, the others think freely and provide their cars and high-tech devices to the rest of the world.
People from South Korea are all about fashion. Most of the capital's residents dress in style and pay a lot of attention to their hairstyles. Many speak English. They are very friendly and always stop on the street to help foreigners navigate. They really love children - they constantly admired ours.
Seoul's architecture resembles a large American city, where on the roofs of skyscrapers there are helipads, and the first floors are occupied by cafes and shops. House numbers are in big font on the upper floors.
early in the morning, and at 8 am we were already in the hotel. Our room was not ready yet and we were kindly offered a temporary room where we were able to sleep till afternoon overcoming the jet lag. The time difference between Seoul and Moscow is 5 hours.
In our room, we found a cell phone with a local sim card and installed maps. Incoming calls are free of charge and you pay only for the use of the mobile Internet:
Another unusual thing in our room was a Japanese toilet seat that washes your fanny and then dries it with the jet of warm air:
South Koreans' love of gadgets can be felt throughout. I didn't meet a single taxi driver who had less than 5 devices in front of him:
Local ATMs can do everything, except maybe for preparing coffee. I was particularly pleased with a shredder for checks standing next to each ATM:
You won't find an employee in the subway. Tickets are sold in vending machines:
Garbage is collected separately:
There are neon signs everywhere on the streets.
There are a lot of pie sellers:
Larger restaurants show actual dishes on the street instead of the menu:
There are a lot of shops selling low-cost gold and jewelry in the city:
In Seoul, we stopped for a couple of days on the way to Sydney and
where there would be 86 degrees (+30 degrees Celsius) the whole month, and the temperature in Seoul appeared to be 15 degrees (-9 degrees Celsius)! At least there was no snow. We did not dare to walk around the city with our children without warm clothes for a long time, so we got to places by taxi. We visited a couple of aquariums:
On the top 63rd floor of the tallest skyscraper in Seoul, you can get on a transparent high-speed elevator. It will take your breath away:
Giant letters "H" on the roofs of houses are the helipads:
There are two observation points in Seoul. One of them is the skyscraper that we visited, and the second is a TV tower with a revolving restaurant at the top:
The distance to various cities is written on the glass:
Here's what Seoul looks like from the top - the slums, then skyscrapers and mountains in the distance: