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... got up to while in Korea :
- Travelled to Jeon-Ju, an old traditional village where we had lots of tea, observed the locals dressing up in traditional clothing and slept on futons on the floor for the first time (lots more of this to follow in Japan)
- Visited the DMZ (demilitarised zone) shared between South and North Korea. We even made one step across the border to North Korea. Without exxageration, this place was an ...
... praying Koreans so we did not go in but did see the beautiful gold Buddhas from outside.
We drove round modern Seoul passing by the Presidential Palace complex. This is huge and has a large blue roof with lovely old style surrounding buildings. However we were not allowed to take pictures following a previous incident when someone had tried to assassinate the President!
Next we were dropped off in Insadong Antique street or "Mary’s Alley for an ...
... to invade South Korea. The North Koreans refute this allegation and claim that they were just looking for coal. Whatever the real reason for the tunnel I was really looking forward to exploring it and maybe that’s why I was a bit disappointed with this part of the tour. We all donned hard hats and then headed down a new South Korean tunnel to get to the North Korean tunnel. The North Korean tunnel is very low and appears to have been hewn by hand, given ...
... invasion. Korea was eventually saved by a crafty Admiral, Yi Sun-sin, who built "turtle ships," the world's first ironclads, cutting off Japan’s supply line. Retreat!
By the mid-17th century, the Seoul's population had grown to 200,000, making it one of the most populous cities in the world.
One generation later, as Korea tried ...
... around the world performing on its various live stages.
It is now 4am in Korea, and as on the airplane, Peter is sleeping soundly and I'm up writing. We must check out by 8:30am when our 15 hour booking is up, so we will find breakfast and board our 11am flight to HCM City via Hong Kong - another nearly seven hours of flying today. You gotta wanna get there to spend so much time up in the air. And we do! Our amazing adventure will only become even greater.