Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 3 Korea Trip March 2009

Early Morning in Downtown Seoul

Weather has been exceptionally nice. especially for someone who is also based in La Jolla, California. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel outside the city after two days of meetings, time split between north and south of the Han River. Travelling down the Route 1 corridor south one sees ever-expanding Korean urban development.

My travels took me to Pyeong Taek and the man-made lake dividing Gyeongi and Chungcheonnam provinces. The area will soon be home to the U.S. military relocation and more exciting--Resort Monarque 36.5. The move outside the immediate Seoul area for developments will spur much change in area's traditionally less impacted by rapid urbanization, modernization, and globalization. In fact, perhaps the trend to move to Seoul area and cities ( 9 out of 10 Koreans now live in a city) might be tempered with some option where higher quality of life and economic opportunity co-exist.

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