What a Polluted Day in Seoul Looks Like



The arrival of winter weather in Seoul means dusty air and chilling winds. A few weeks ago, I braved both the air and the wind to visit the Seoul Animation Center. Despite the smog-covered city, I managed to take some photos along the way. When pollution levels are high in Seoul, not only can you see it in the sky, but you can also feel it in your chest, your throat and in your head. Everything feels a bit sluggish and… bleh. The best way to take care of your health on polluted days is to stay indoors, try not to exercise heavily outside, invest in an air purifier for your home, wear a KF94 face mask and drink plenty of water. I use the app ‘Mise mise’ to keep up with the air quality levels in Korea.

I took some images, but I also managed to film some clips and put them into a YouTube video. I used to film these kinds of videos a lot when I first got my DSLR and was living in Melbourne. The footage is sitting somewhere among all of my hard-drives and memory cards. I absolutely loved filming these clips in the Myeongdong area of Seoul, and hope to make more videos like this in the future. I hope you enjoy!



Namsan Tower hiding away in a smoggy sky



Quieter streets in Myeongdong



Taking the bus over the han river





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Johanna Quinn

designer by day / blogger by night

Hello, I’m Johanna aka Korean Picnic aka an industrial designer living and working in South Korea. I work at a startup as a UX/UI designer, I make YouTube videos at late hours of the night and I also take pictures and write words to go with them here on my blog. Oh, and I also draw doodles and share them online. Clearly I have no sense of purpose, motivation or skills!

I started Jo So Ko as a way to chronicle my study abroad semester at KAIST in 2017. Prior to that, I documented my travels to Japan on a blog called Jopan and obviously had to keep the name-country portmanteau situation alive.

Three years later, I’m still here chronicling my life, albeit a much different one, in South Korea. What was once filled with campus life photos and weekend trips around Korea is now full of adventures with my husband and advice about starting your career overseas. I can’t wait to see how my journey with South Korea, the Korean language and my career in Korea all continue to bloom in the coming years.