I start with this scanned photo from the early '90's:
skyscrapers of downtown Seoul, from the walled compound of the 15th c. Tõk-su Palace:
Yes, it is a worn travel-writer's cliché to talk about 'the unique contrast of old and new,' or 'the blending of the ancient and the modern;' nearly every major world city is a combination of traditional and post-modern...BUT, as the first major foreign city that I came to know, Seoul's amalgam of pre-modern upswept roofs, post-war skyscrapers and omnipresent mountains still anchors my eye as the first place where I learned to truly look photographically at architecture and landscape....
...and to see smaller details as image-worthy:
dried fish for sale in a small-town food market:
The summer between my freshman and sophomore years, I spent a month in the countryside--in a village where the majority of the residents were related, in varying degrees, to my mother's family. Once or twice a week we would take the bus and train into Seoul: errands, visiting people...and me looking at everything--with a camera bag slung over my shoulder...