a day in Yeouido

The 63 Building is a Seoul landmark. When it was built, the skyscraper was the tallest building in South Korea and the tallest outside of North America. Those distinctions are long gone, but the 63 Building remains an icon.

The tower is quite recognizable due to its golden exterior. Although that color does not come through in this photograph, the building serves as a nice  backdrop for a peaceful day on the Han River.

I saw some fireworks…

Last weekend was the 2011 incarnation of the annual Seoul International Fireworks Festival. It was a 90 minute show performed by three national teams (Korea, Portugal, Japan). Danielle and I found a nice vantage point to take in the festivities. Overall, it was an impressive performance. Lots of ooohs and aaahs from the spectators.

Here are some photos from the night…enjoy!

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sunset in the city

the setting sun viewed from the Sky Art observatory inside the 63 building

 

I’ve been wanting to take a trip inside the 63 building for quite sometime. I guess I sort of have a thing for skyscrapers. More than anything though, I wanted to get a bird’s-eye view of Seoul.  At its completion, the 63 building was the tallest building in Asia. Since then, the skyscraper frenzy on the continent has knocked it way down the list. It isn’t even the tallest building in Korea anymore; however, it’s still an interesting one. The 63 building is home to an aquarium, an IMAX theater, and the highest museum in the world. The tower offers some impressive views and many photo opportunities. Though the dirty windows and the haze of the city can make it difficult to take quality photos.