Having spent the last week in Italy’s powerhouse cities of Milan, Florence and Rome I decided to go for a change of pace in the towns and villages of Tuscany. Rome to Pisa on the slow train turned out to be a great idea. On the faster high-speed rail trains the journey went quickly but so did the view from the window. The train journey was a wonderful insight into the Italian countryside and gave me ample opportunity to read a bit more of the Murakami book that I was involved in.
After the end of the Korean war, Seoul, like many Korean cities, was left in shambles. Reasonably so, rebuilding efforts were focused more on practicality than aesthetics to reconstruct the city quickly and effectively. These days, however, Seoul's skyline is an eclectic mishmash of modern architecture, from towering cement apartment complexes to eye-catching glass and steel marvels. Impressive modern buildings can be found just about anywhere in Seoul, a UNESCO City of Design, but there are a certain few that I think visitors should keep an eye out for while exploring the city. Check them out below.
Ewha Womans University Ewha Campus Complex: From above, it's difficult to distinguish just what Ewha Womans University's ECC actually is. This is because the ingenious complex designed by French architect Dominique Perrault is mostly underground; despite this, the entire interior of the building is spacious and full of light. Merging architecture with landscape, Perrault created a functional yet tranquil space to study. Or to enjoy one of the many facilities the building has to offer: an indie cinema, a fitness center, cafes, and boutiques. (Get There: Ewha Womans University Station, Exits 2 and 3)
I started writing about Ta Prohm, but looking through my pictures there was so many ones I liked, and so much to talk about I didn’t know where to start. In the end I felt that I needed split it up so one post wouldn’t have 50 pictures in it.
Ta Prohm was the only temple my friend Russ and I ended up going to twice, and was the last temple we visited before leaving Siem Reap so I have a lot of pictures and a lot of things to talk about.
Produced by Steven Bammel and hosted byTom Tucker.
May 20, 2011The Korea Business Interview Series
Peter Bartholomew "Promoting the Value of High-Tech Shipbuilding and Traditional Architecture in Korea"
Peter Bartholomew is Vice President ofIRC, Ltd.in Seoul, and supporter of efforts to preserve Korean hanok and other historical assets.
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There are few people more qualified to discuss the Korean economic miracle than Peter Bartholomew. Having arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, he has remained in Korea almost continuously since 1968. Peter worked in a Korean company for almost a decade in the 1970s, and for the last 28 years, he has run IRC, Ltd. in Seoul, specializing in the shipbuilding and construction sectors.
In this interview, Peter shares deep insights about Korean business, including techniques for negotiating with Koreans, as well as about efforts to preserve traditionalhanokhomes, an area on which he is particularly passionate. He believes that a modern Korea should be compatible with maintaining the natural and historical assets of the past.