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Henus was a Godsend in the airport as he took control of getting us on the right tram and to our hostel. The journey ended up taking a very long time as the airport was well outside the city. After dropping our bags at the hostel, Henus brought us to a local restaurant for traditional South Korean food- Shabu Shabu (similar to a hot pot) and Kimchi (cabbage donned in chili). The food was surprisingly tasty. It was far from home for Henus so he left us at about ten. We headed to Starbucks for a tea late (our new addiction) before hitting the sack. Our hostel was more like an old house but the owner was very friendly and it was situated in a lively, built-up location.
Day 2 was very relaxing. We slept in, grabbed breakfast and headed to The Dragon Hill Spa. This was a highly recommended jimjil-bang. A jimjil-bang is a large complex where men and women separate to spend time in various different spas and baths. After they join together to enjoy numerous saunas, napping rooms and other facilities. Everyone here had to wear matching shorts and t-shirts. It was a great day out! Our dinner that night consisted of very untraditional toast and cereal. We passed the evening uploading photos of Japan and updating the blog.
Day 3 was all about sight-seeing
Our fourth day was a Saturday and we split the afternoon between walking by the Han River and visiting the Olympic Park. After, we met up with Henus and went to Gangnam, made famous by the song Gangnam style. I'm not sure what our expectations were but it was just another built up part of the city surrounded by shops and restaurants
Our second last day was mostly spent at The War Memorial of Korea. This was very informative! Throughout the museum, there were 13,000 items displayed in its six halls under different themes plus various weapons and equipment from prehistoric times to the modern period as well as paintings of battlefields and sculptures of notable warriors. There were also over one hundred large weapons displayed in the outside exhibition area on the lawns around the building (including planes, ships and tanks). Throughout the day, we had alot of fun shooting guns, taking pictures of ourselves to super impose into army-style photos and also getting a go on the jet simulator. The audiovisual effects, lighting, vibration, and even gunpowder of the simulator are designed to make visitors feel as if they are right on the battlefield. The chairs we sat on moved in every direction to make it feel like you were sitting behind the controls, zoomed left and right to avoid bullets/bombs and made you feel like you were going head first over a cliff
The next morning was mainly spent in the airport. After getting up at the crack of dawn, catching a metro and checking through customs it was time for China! Overall, Seoul was a fantastic city. We travelled at a much slower pace throughout the five days as up to this date every other country was quite action-packed. The relaxing did us the world of good!