After getting out and about today and experiencing Seoul in the daytime, I thought I’d write about how it compares with the other Asian mega-metropolis I’ve visited – Tokyo.

Both cities have a massive population – greater than that of New Zealand, and both have a metro subway system to get around. Both have shades of old and new.

Getting Around

One of the biggest differences between the two cities is that you can use Google Maps to get around Tokyo, but it doesn’t work in Seoul. You have to use a local variant, like Naver Map or Kakao Map. I’ve been using Naver and it works just fine.

The Metro System

The metro system in both cities is very efficient. The Seoul metro system, as far as I’ve seen, is entirely underground, whereas some of the Tokyo metro is above ground. The Seoul lines seem to be simply numbered and colour-coded – I’ve been taking dark blue Line 1 back to my Airbnb. The Tokyo lines have names, like Marunouchi Line (Inside-the-circle Line) and Ginza Line.

The Tokyo Metro also seems to have a lot more people available to answer questions and help with enquiries. There is nearly always at least one person sitting beside every set of fare gates. Here in Seoul, there is no-one beside the fare gates, and I’ve seen very few railway personnel. In fact, beside the fare gates, there is another gate with a card reader and also a button marked ‘Call’. You push the button and Beethoven’s Für Elise plays, then the gate opens and you’re free to walk out of the fare-controlled zone. I used this a few times last night when I was trying to get to the right train, and nothing happened. Also, there are far more escalators in the Tokyo stations than the Seoul stations. Stations in both cities, however, tend to have large numbers of numbered exits.

Also, just before a train arrives, a jingle or sometimes a fanfare plays.

Technological Sophistication

Tokyo wins hands down here. While Seoul has a lot of the latest technology, Tokyo (and Japan in general) seems to lead in this area. Toilets in Seoul are just ordinary Western toilets – no heated seat or bidet or flushing simulator like Japanese toilets have. There are some vending machines, but they are not as ubiquitous as they are in Japan. There are some Japanese style ones, with a button next to each item, but I also saw some Western-style ones where you enter in a code for the item you want.

Street Stalls

I don’t recall seeing a lot of street stalls in Tokyo. Here, there are quite a few. There are stalls selling food near my Airbnb. In Dongdaemun, there were heaps of street stalls. I bought some trousers from one for ₩15,000 (around NZ$19). I actually read somewhere that they’re technically illegal here, but I’m not sure if that’s true. In Dongdaemun, right across from the massive shopping centre, there are row after row of alcove shops (shops in the side of the main building). I saw heaps of them selling books – some had Christian books in Korean.


As I mentioned above, there is a lot that the two cities have in common:

  • Shops in stations – in both cities, there are shops in the underground stations throughout the city. Right next to the Jonggak Station, there is a massive underground market, mostly selling clothes and fashion accessories.
  • People wearing masks – you’ll see people wearing masks in both cities. I think the motivation is different, though – in Tokyo it’s because of the cedar pollen or because the wearer has a cold, here it’s because of the pollution.
  • Large, brightly lit streets – Jonggak’s Street of Youth has lights at night to rival those of Shinjuku.
  • People who don’t speak English – I encountered this in both cities. However, I was more equipped in Tokyo as I took Japanese all through high school (5 years ) and 2 years at university. I haven’t studied Korean for more than 3 months and have a lot of words and grammar to learn.

2 Replies to “Seoul vs Tokyo – My Thoughts”

  1. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

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    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!


    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the website listed below with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

    1. Hi Emanuella,

      Thanks for taking time out of your day to post a comment on my blog that will do absolutely nothing.

      For your information, it is impossible to build the Third Temple. For a start, the Muslims have control of the Temple Mount. But even if they agreed to give it up, it would still be impossible to build the Third Temple. For example, a High Priest is needed or else all services and sacrifices are forbidden. A High Priest must be appointed by the Sanhedrin, and the Sanhedrin must have received the semikhah (ordination) given by Moses and transmitted rabbi to rabbi. This semikhah died out around 425 CE, so there is no-one left to ordain a Sanhedrin. Therefore, the Third Temple cannot be built. This Jewish man explains the whole thing better here (, and says that when Elijah comes as is prophesised in the OT, he will be able to restore the Sanhedrin and enable the Third Temple to be built.

      There is no evidence that the governments of the world want to put an RFID chip in our body. Even if they did, that doesn’t mean it’s the Mark of the Beast.

      Your arrogance in asserting “we all know God exists” is astounding. There are many people who do not know this. Science has shown repeatedly how natural organisms can come about without an intelligent designer, but I doubt you’ll accept the evidence since it contradicts your religion. Also, appealing to odds doesn’t work either. 1) saying that everything happened by chance is a misrepresentation of the position, and 2) improbable things do happen.

      If your god is so powerful, why didn’t he just forgive everyone? Why waste all the time sending his son/part of himself to be tortured and killed just so he could forgive everyone? Why not simply forgive everyone? It’s far more likely that a religion sprung up around a dead Galilean apocalyptic preacher who happened to tick off the Romans and got himself killed.

      There is no evidence for your god or your religion. We know next to nothing about Jesus from secular history, and the accounts of his life were written decades later by people who never met him.

      I used to be a Christian. In fact, I was involved with all three branches of Christianity – Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox. I was part of a conservative Protestant church for 4 years and tried as hard as I could to live a Christian life. It didn’t work. Prayer did nothing. I had doubts which never went away, but I prayed to god to take them away. I never managed to stop doing certain actions that your religion calls “sin”, despite the fact that the Bible says that no-one who is born of God sins (1 John 1).

      I am a Buddhist now. The Buddha told people to try out his teachings for themselves and never asked anyone to believe blindly, even in him.

      Kind regards

      Michael Inglis

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