S: Seoul, South Korea Feb 2012
FC: SEOUL 2 0 1 2
1: HELLO WINTER! | Day 1
2: CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE | Day 1
4: A stunning CULTURAL HERITAGE SITE at the heart of the city
6: The half day tour inside the Changdeokgung Complex made us appreciate their rich culture and history while marveling at unique ancient Korean architecture.
7: Buildings are in harmony with the landscape, adapting to the topography and leaving the surrounding indigenous trees to grow and flourish in their natural beauty.
10: LOTTE WORLD | Day 2
13: We were always looking forward to our next meal. KOREAN FOOD is d | One Gastronomic Experience
14: LOOONG DAY AHEAD... | Day 2
16: Gyeongbokgung Palace is a royal palace located in northern Seoul. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace translates in English as "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven." | Nearly destroyed by the Japanese government in the early 20th century, the walled palace complex is slowly being restored to its original form prior to destruction. As of 2009, roughly 40 percent of the original number of palace buildings still stand or are reconstructed.
17: GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE | Day 2
18: CHANGING OF GUARDS AT THE PALACE ENTRACE
19: PHOTO OP WITH THE BIGGEST, MEANEST LOOKING GUARD
20: "A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles." | Tim Cahill
21: "One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." | Henry Miller
23: NAMSAN FOLK VILLAGE | Day 2
24: N SEOUL TOWER & TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM
25: We spent the night with BEARS!
26: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
27: ULTIMATE FOOD TRIP
28: LOST IN SUBWAY DAY | Day 3
29: We spent about 6 hours on the subway going to Suwon because of this....
30: HWASEONG FORTRESS, SUWON | Day 3 | "Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness."
32: "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." T. S. Eliot
33: FIRST SHOP OF COFFEE PRINCE, HONGDAE| Day 3
34: SHOOTERS, HONGDAE| Day 3
35: We tried all 3 of the local beers on the bar menu: Max, Cass, and D.
36: NAMINARA REPUBLIC | Day 3
38: Nami Island was the setting of the famous Korean novela WINTER SONATA.
40: It must have been below zero degrees on the island that day | LAST MINUTE SHOPPING AT MYEONGDONG | Day 5
41: "Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station." Lisa St. Aubin De Teran