By Lee Yong-hwan in Seoul, Korea
Seoul City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Library
Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building (Jeong-dong Observatory on the 13th floor)
a panoramic view of Seoul from the Jeong-dong Observatory
Junghwajeon at Deoksugung Palace
Newspaper publishing companies around Seoul City Hall
inside view of the Jeong-dong Observatory
a scene around Kyunghyang Shinmun Newspaper Building
a panoramic view through the window
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
In the year-end holydays, I visited the Jeong-dong Observatory on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Annex Building, just across the street from Deoksugung Palace. The Observatory itself is rather modest in appearance: just a few chairs, coffee and refreshments and a photographic display of historical landmarks on the walls. The real attraction is outside: the panoramic views spanning from Seoul City Hall to the Ganghwamun Area and beyond, including Inwangsan and Bukhansan, moreover, Namsan mountain. The panoramic views of numerous buildings also reflect the history of Seoul. Many visitors enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and various forms of architecture at Deoksugung Palace and neighboring areas around Seoul City Hall.
I sketched the various compositions from the fantastic panoramas through the window, moving here and there all around the building.