I was lucky to return to Seoul so soon. Unlike my first time there over a year ago, this time I spent a week in Gangnam, the commercial and social hub of the city. It was a business trip, but I managed to take a walk around the area, visit a few galleries/museums, and squeeze in a day trip to DMZ.

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A walk in Gangnam district

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WWF’s panda project installed in Gangnam – the 1,600 papier-mâché panda bears were made to represent the 1,600 real pandas left in the world today. They have been travelling all over the world and displayed in open public spaces to raise awareness on wildlife preservation.

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Parc Montmartre in Seorae Village, Seoul

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Seorae Village

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Exhibits in Horim Museum

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Horim Museum

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Maison Hermès, Dosan Park. The window displays are very creative and colorful.

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Itaewon – a great place for street arts

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Leeum Samsung Museum of Arts

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DMZ – President Bill Clinton used to describe this demilitarized zone as ‘the scariest place on earth’. I did not feel scared at all when I visited DMZ. But I was extremely sad to see a country separated into 2 totally different worlds. It reminded me of Vietnam’s own sad history more than 40 years ago. We were lucky to be able to reunite our country. Will that happen to North & South Korea? I don’t know. If it happened, would it be a good thing? I’m not sure either.

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The abandoned railroad

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A symbol of separation, and people’s efforts to reunite the North and South Korea

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Looking to the North from Dora observatory

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The empty Dorasan Station connecting the North and the South. The border crossing however is now closed.

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A photography exhibition at Dorasan Station

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