Sinjeong Station (신정역) Line 5 – Station #519

There’s nothing in Sinjeong that could, in and of itself, be considered particularly intriguing, but as I walked around I found it rather interesting how the area served as a transition between the lower income areas to the west and the relatively affluent Mokdong neighborhood to the east. I started by making a U-turn out…

Omokgyo Station (오목교역) Line 5 – Station #521

Omokgyo is nice.  I can’t think of another part of Seoul we’ve visited that’s more aptly described by that adjective, with its satisfied, bourgeois, slightly anodyne tones.  With its upper middle to upper class housing, ample parkland, abundance of shopping, and well kempt streets, it struck me as what a friendly urban planner might come…

Hwagok Station (화곡역) Line 5 – Station #517

Almost immediately, Hwagok produced one of the most unique, most unusual, and, least kid sister-friendly businesses we’ve turned up in the course of this project.  About a block and a half down Gangseo-ro (강서로) from Exit 5 was 곤충박물관 충우 (Insect Museum Chung-u), easily spotted by the sign outside with pictures of several different butterflies…

Ujangsan Station (우장산역) Line 5 – Station #516

The neighborhood map at Ujangsan Station says that Ujangsan Park (우장산공원) is accessible via Exit 1, but this is deceptive.  I went out that way, past old women selling green onions and chestnuts on the sidewalk, and followed the road as it ran past apartment complexes.  It wasn’t going anywhere, or more specifically it was…