A night out in Seoul

Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Today we went to the Korean War Memorial. It was a huge building with large scale outside statues devoted to the war dead. There was a huge arsenal of tanks, boats, jets, a b-52 Stratosphere, scud missiles, and many other things. The museum was so large we did not get through it all. It was very nicely laid out, and totally free to view. We also stopped by the memorials cafe to get a drink and got a sweet potato latte, which was very good. 
We later walked to the National Museum of Korea. It was again a massive structure, and free! We walked around for a couple of hours, there was a lot to take in so we did not get to all of it either.  
At night we went to the Dongdaemun market, which was very interesting. Food and clothing vendors lined the streets. The vendors start opening shop around 8 pm and stay open all night. The market is about 10 blocks large and comprises something like 10,000 stores. There are huge department stores and tiny little outside booths. The amount of people is staggering considering that the market really only starts to buzz at around midnight.
We walked into one hat store, and we found ourselves in the huge clothing market building. It was about five blocks long and was just endless. The funny part is that many of the shops sold near identical merchandise. We counted about 25 hat stores, 30 scarf stores, and the same for fabric, and shirts.
Later we walked past a nice little old lady sitting at a grill in a covered street mall close by. We stopped for a green onion cake, when she gestured for us to sit down. We did and immediately there was a bowl of mussels in front of us and our green onion cake was on the grill. She also served us 2 raw onions in soya sauce, kimchi, and sake. (Kimchi is a standard Korean side dish, fermented, spicy cabbage) We ended up getting another kimchi cake, which was tasty. We were stuffed by the time we left. Total cost: 10000 won = $10.00. 
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Lavona on

Glad to hear you guys are enjoying Korea. I bet Adam was in his glory at the war memorial. Hope you took some pics of the amusement park. Sounds like it is a busy place there. Looking forward to the next post.

Mom VL on

So glad you are in civilization - dreadfully worried about your diets!! You have such interesting experiences - where to next??
Missing you.
PS Fauve is fine as are all the other animals. Fauve will go crazy when she sees you. She is a fine dog for travel - good as gold in the car on Thursdays when we go to Kamsack for my client. She has 2 dogs at this farm and they play the whole 2 hours I am giving the client the treatment.

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