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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Seoul, South Korea


After a great breakfast of mushrooms, salmon, blue cheese, and sausage, I went to my work meeting. When I was able to leave there, I took the hotel shuttle back to the airport where I was able to find out both what I wanted to accomplish and what bus to board to get to the area of Seoul where I wanted to go.

The kind lady at information told me to go to 12A outside of the terminal and board bus 602-1. It took a little over an hour and 8,000 won (about $8.50) to get into the city, but after I arrived, it didn’t take me long to find Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was surrounded by a huge wall, so it took me a while to get to the entrance, but after I did, it was certainly worth it. What I thought was going to be a building turned out to be a series of buildings that served as the royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

Constructed in 1395 by King Taejo, the palace was destroyed in 1592 by a Japanese invasion. It was reconstructed in 1868 during the reign of King Gojong. After watching the changing of the guards, I entered. Here are pictures:


















After Gyeongbokgung, I went to the National Folk Museum of Korea, which contained lots of exhibits on everything ranging from the traditional foods of Korea to how houses were arranged to the traditional ‘coming of age’ ceremonies of young Korean men.

I walked around the area for a bit, but decided I needed to head back to the hotel to join my party for dinner as I had no idea where our selected Seoul restaurant was located.. I was a bit nervous about finding the right bus again but got back in plenty of time to join the gang to trek back into Seoul for the evening.

As it turned out, the restaurant was not far from where I had been. It was called Yongsusan, and served very traditional Korean foods and a rice wine which we all enjoyed. Food just kept coming out! Here’s a picture of the first course:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Frank,

I work at AT&T with Angela. She told me about your trip to Seoul. I just got back from a two-week stay at Yongsan (annual Reserve training). Glad you got to see the palace; I wanted to see it, but we had limited time for that. We did take a tour up to the DMZ, though. I recommend it next time you are in Seoul.

I wanted to see the Folk Museum (which is adjacent to the base where I was), but again time was limited. I did tour the Korea War Museum, which you probably passed nearby.

I thoroughly enjoyed Korea, and the food was quite good. I've taken a liking to kimch'i.

Regards,

Earl

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