Want to read a novel? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Well day 4 was jam-packed. I thought I had seen the extent of Seoul by exploring the streets…but boy was I wrong. THIS CITY IS AMAZING. It is full of so many variegated sites! To give you an idea– there were about 10 different bus tours that could have taken us to about 15 different locations. We chose 1 bus tour, only hit 6 of the locations, and that took up the whole day.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I took about 40 pictures. So how about I just show you my day, and we’ll have that compensate for 40,000-ish words–eh? Feel free to click on these pictures and read the captions.
Site 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)
The huge statue of Great King of Sejong. He invented the Korean language! So sorry King Sejong, that I cannot make use of your accomplishment.
We whipped out our selfie stick to get a pic with the King
Temple-ception. I thought there was going to be one temple. But turns out you walk through one and there’s another one, then you walk through that one and there’s another one, and then you walk through that one and….etc.
Me and a palace guard! They’re not allowed to move or even smile. Remind me to never sign up to be a palace guard.
The formal changing of guards. I have never seen more order in my life.
Unbelievable detail on these temples
It’s funny, people can tell right away that we aren’t from here because the way we dress
I just can’t get over the detail inside each one of these.
General Yi Soon Shin. He’s a Korean hero famous for victories against the Japanese Navy
A good looking temple, right there
Oh yeah, there’s lots of pictures of just me. This is because there are only 2 of us, me and my mom, and one of us (my mom) doesn’t like her picture taken…so by process of elimination, here is me.
Just another random temple smack dab in the middle of the city. I took this one while walking around the city to the next site. So it literally is just a random temple!
Oh, almost forgot. Check it out– there were so many people in Korean traditional outfits; I don’t know what for….maybe a Korean school? But I came across these random girls in hamboks and asked them for a picture. Hahaha
Let’s play a game called: find the white-washed korean
Yes, I made them do the O-H-I-O. They had no idea what they were doing, and were highly confused. #Repyosquad
Site 2: Namdaemun Market (남대문시장)
Flags, flags everywhere. A great place to shop and eat!
Traditional Korean Patbingsu with red bean paste and mango.
This place was soooo crowded. It was packed with street vendors selling all sorts of items. Again, a total maze. We got lost like twice.
Site 3 & 4: Itaewon Shopping Street (이태원 쇼핑거리) / Dongdaemun Complex (동대문)
Itaewon was another shopping place–catered towards Western tourists…that’s me!
Korea’s bubble tea is the best
I obviously did not take this photo, but found it off the internet to show you how huge Dongdaemun is! It is the world’s largest symmetrical building.
Just a part of this gigantic market. You can travel under it, inside it, around it, there’s plenty to do
Panoramic view of Dongdaemun–or as good of one that I can get
The surrounding cityscape… the sun was hitting this too perfectly to not snap a pic
Site 5: Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
Korean folk village! I think this was my favorite site. It was an old village that showed how Koreans used to live in the village. I loved exploring everything here.
We met 2 Ohioans while we were here! From Marion. What are the odds?!
Oh yeah here is me again hehe
The contrast of the folk village and the cityscape in the background is so weird
Mom was tired. She sat back while I went to go explore more of this village. So I ran through these beautiful wooded paths…
Through this sketch tunnel thing that wrapped around for quite a while…
it spit me out at this random circular opening…there was no one here and it was just a huge stone with a bunch of engravings..kind of creepy…
…ran up these long steps to this gazebo temple looking thing and did not proceed to go in because we had to take our shoes off.
Then finally returned back to tired Mom and asked her to take this picture of me: “Mom do I look like a village Korean?” She said no.
Site 6: N Seoul Tower (N 서울타워)
Yes- I supersaturated and contrasted this picture, to show you the city more clearly. The tower is the highest point of Korea, you can see North Korea from up there–very clearly actually. But the whole cityscape is just breathtaking.
Once we got to the top of the tower, there was a huge wall of locks–actually–not even a wall, it was like a full room. Couples put their names on them and lock it on this lovegate as a symbol of longevity
Lots of locked locks. Mom and I wondered how many of these couples were still together! I mean there were locks that were completely rusted, they were so old!
Locks on trees, and weirdly shaped benches.
Hey guess what, me again! With the Motherland!
dang…guess I didn’t think to take a picture of the actual tower.. but there were some pretty landscapes on the way up to the tower! Through the winding roads.
And by then, our day was pretty much gone. The Seoul Tour Bus still had several other places to stop, but we had spent so much time at these places already! See what I mean? Jam-packed. Thanks for reading 🙂