Last week I had the pleasure of hosting my parents here in Korea. It was wonderful to be able to show them around some of the country I have come to know and love over the past year and a half. They flew into Seoul, where I met them on Friday night. My mother will likely do a detailed write-up of the trip on her own blog so I will keep my comments short and focus on the pictures, which were taken by all three of us.
Our first stop on Saturday was one of Seoul’s finest palaces, Cheongbokgung. My parents enjoyed the refined architecture and natural setting of the palace, despite the freezing weather.
As part of our visit to Changdeokgung Palace, we went on a tour of Huwon, the Secret Garden. This garden was used exclusively by the royal family and, up until recently, the public was not allowed inside.
Our next stop was the traditional district of Bukcheon. This area is visually very interesting because of mixture of traditional and modern architecture that can be seen around every corner.
As the day was winding down, we made a visit to Gwanghwamun, Seoul’s most famous gate, and the nearby Gwanghwamun Square. This is the heart of central Seoul.
Here’s some footage of the protest that was going on near Cheonggyecheon stream:
Our final stop for the night would be a performance of NANTA, a mixture between Iron Chef and Stomp. During the show, they called Dad up onto the stage to participate!
The next day we made our way to N Seoul Tower, which offers a great view of the city.
Our final stop in Seoul would be the National Museum of Korea. My parents appreciated getting an overview of Korea’s long and complex history.
After two full days in Seoul, we took the train down to Busan. Our adventures continue….