서울 Seoul in winter

“Travel makes a wise man better and a fool worse.” Thomas Fullerwseoul3

Seoul, the thriving heartbeat of South Korea with 10+ million people and 20+ million with the surrounding metropolitan region is bustling at all hours of the day and night with pure energy. With no closing time at most bars, restaurants or food stalls everywhere and wall to wall people, there is always something to discover and keep one entertained.

The Seoul winter is chilly to say the least, with Arctic blasts often blowing down and freezing the city to the bone for weeks at a time. On the bright side, because the rainy season is in the summer, the winter sky is often clear and crisp and Korean food, with the assortment of hearty soups and stews is often a perfect fit for these chilly temperatures. To top it all off, there is plenty of alcohol to go around, including the ever-present Soju, which tastes like rubbing alcohol and sneaks up to catch you after a few quick shots, but is sure to keep you warm on a crazy night out.

Having lived in Korea for just over five years, I had ample opportunity to compile thousands of photographs of the city in every season, of which I have posted a small sampling from various winters here.

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