Seoul Palace Hotel
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... the page the figure moves! It had black line through it and I spent a good few minutes breaking down how it worked and made the picture move - darn engineering mind. Corey had been exploring while we read and came running back gesturing for us to follow. So we stacked up the books and headed up the stairs. He ran away too fast though so it took us awhile to find him. He had been building the elevator waiting for us, lol. He said there was a garden on the ...
We left Nanjing at 0830 to fly to Incheon Airport, Seoul. We arrived at 1130 Seoul time and got a taxi to Hoegi Coop Residences, which we had booked on-line. These are more like rented apartments than a hotel, which we didn't realise when we booked it, but it is clean, although a little cramped, and it is only for 6 nights. It was lovely to arrive in Seoul and see blue sky, mountains and lush green fields. We decided to go to the Insa-dong area, which Brian ...
Stayed so close to Namdaemun market, how could we not go around to explore for a bit? Couldn't believe we left it on the last day in Seoul to wander around... Namdaemun market opens day through night, you could simply come by any time of the day. The market itself is quite big, there were even guides (who are wearing maroon colour aprons) around to help tourists!
There were heaps of food stalls, souvenir shops, clothings, ...
... that by going on a Monday we might have some solitude. Nope. Koreans love to hike and do it in large groups every day of the week. They were once again decked out in super expensive gear. They looked really professional but I still didn't see the point. I wonder what they thought of John and me in our not so fancy clothes.
John and I started the 4 kilometer uphill climb and we did not look back. We kept a steady pace even though most of the trail was rocky steps ...
... to see the garden is during the fall when the autumn foliage is
at its peak and the leaves have just started to fall.
Though it has been
treasured by Koreans for centuries, the Changdeokgung Palace was not designated
a World Cultural Heritage by the World Cultural Heritage Committee until
December of 1997, at the committee meeting in Napoli, Italy.
After finishing the walk through the palace and the garden, time to go for a nice, cooling ice ...