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An Afternoon in Yeouido 여의도, Seoul

Along Yeouidaero main street

Along Yeouidaero main street

This small urban island is the home of many company headquarters, the seat of the Korean parliament and just about very major TV stations in Korea. Not to forget the occasional mega churches. Situated in a piece of land on the Han river, it is an island because a small stream cuts it off the mainland. So the southern part is just a stones throw to the mainland while the northern section requires a larger medieval catapult to get to land. 

Plenty of parks by the riverfront, the running and cycling path here goes all the way close to Incheon

Plenty of parks by the riverfront, the running and cycling path here goes all the way close to Incheon

Pile of trash behind the National Assembly building

Pile of trash behind the National Assembly building

Food... mmmmm

Food... mmmmm

The western part of Yeouido has tight security, and there is where the National Assembly building is, where the politicians hang out. I don't even bother to take out my camera as I'm sure security guards don't like any pictures taken. There's not really much to take here, mainly drab government building, that box with a dome on it and perhaps KBS station. 

I'm sure you will not miss the mega church here

I'm sure you will not miss the mega church here

... I don't believe they're a group of backup singers

... I don't believe they're a group of backup singers

... you know, like a mountain... where you pray.

... you know, like a mountain... where you pray.

In the middle of the island is a large park and avenue, and it makes for a nice stroll when the weather is good. Which is the case. There are sculptures in the park and there are areas where you have to look out for cyclists and small kids learning to ride. 

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IFC Towers

IFC Towers

It is not an impressive set of buildings without the sculpture. @IFC

It is not an impressive set of buildings without the sculpture. @IFC

At the time of my walk, the IFC towers and shopping mall was just opening. As every IFC franchise in this part of the world requires multiple buildings, it's worth going around looking for the best juxtaposition of sky scrapers for that fine art photo or two. In fact I don't ever believe I knew that this place was being built at all. There were barriers the last time I was there, but every building looks the same in the 21st century. This one is no exception, except for the photographer looking for shapes to capture and opposing figures and interplay of highlight and shadows. I probably spent most of my frames here walking around the building. 

Just me, walking around with Leica M2 and Nikon S2 rangefinders and two lenses (24mm and 50mm).