|View of Dongdaemun gate|
Day 5: To the heart of Seoul
Today was supposed to be about visiting the Seoul Royal Palace, Gyeongbokgung, followed by a Folklore Museum, a Ginseng Factory and Amethyst Factory, and shopping at Myeongdong. It finally ends with a show called Nanta. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! True to my spirit of being adventurous, HH and I decided to skip all of the above with the exception of the Nanta show. Prior to the trip, I had printed out an Indemnity Letter to exclude us from all activities of the day, and we happily woke up late and explored Seoul on our own!
|Alleys of Myeongdong - still early, no crowds|
|The hi-tech toilets of Korea|
|In some toilets, there's a button called "Courtesy Sound" that mimics the sound of water flowing - to mask your *ahem*|
We headed to Myeongdong which was supposedly the place to shop! Thousands of people apparently thought of the same idea, and I was truly amazed at the number of people that can fit into one tiny alley. The crowd is similar to Hong Kong's Mongkok area. And you know me, I hate crowds. So we ended up not buying anything, but enjoying the views.
|My simple lunch at a food court for 4500 Won|
|I honestly cannot remember what that was|
|Not too many street vendors around, surprisingly|
|They do have attractive buildings around - what is zoomoney?|
Up next, we went for a stroll at Apgujeong, where all the trendy cafes and boutiques are. It even has a Rodeo Street which I guess could be Seoul's interpretation of Rodeo Drive. Being late as we were, we had to rush to the Nanta theatre located nearby Apgujeong. Whenever we approached people above 30, they seem to run away from us with fear in their eyes. So we sought help from those below 20, and true enough they understood what we said, but had trouble speaking out loud in English. I guess Korea has a long way to go towards learning to speak English.
|Do Gorillas eat Pizza? Maybe he's going after my moose hat??|
|Nanta show - simply fabulous from start to end|
Next, we headed to a large shopping mall nearby called Co-Ex mall. I made a bee-line to the supermarket called Hyundai. In every country I visit, I love wandering the aisles of the supermarket. Bought home some kimchi too!
|On the way to Co-Ex mall, they really have some unique architecture here|
|Inside Hyundai supermarket|
|Bibimbap for 10,000 Won|
|Piping hot korean noodles in the middle of winter - heaven!|
If you have missed the rest of this series:
2007 Company Trip to Korea: Part 1 - Planning
2007 Company Trip to Korea: Part 2 - Off to Korea
2007 Company Trip to Korea: Part 3 - From Mountain To Sea
2007 Company Trip to Korea: Part 4 - The Child in Everyone