Around Seoul

7th February 2014

We decided to take the hop-on hop-off city bus tour. My personal travel agent said it was less than a 30 minute walk to the start point. 55 minutes later we arrived! The bus has 27 stops in all and takes 2 hours, so we decided to be highly selective and hop off only 3 times. There is half an hour between each bus so timing was of the essence.

Today the was memorial didn’t make the cut, despite the interesting presence of a B52 bomber in the grounds.

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Neither did the shopping area of Itaewon but that’s a possibility for tomorrow. However we did get off 2 stops later at what turned out to be a seriously trendy shopping area.

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I scored a bargain!

This is where Dermot demonstrated his ability as a quick-change artist. Mrs Brown must be getting really worried by his prolonged absence.

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As with previous areas Santa’s little helpers were very much in evidence, whilst this particular area also contained possibly the most user-friendly police station we have seen.

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One stop further on we visited a traditional Korean village. Lots of old wooden buildings had been restored and furnished in the style of the day.

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Having posed previously as Terracotta Warriors in Xian, we had to do the touristy pose as a Korean Maid Marion

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and a Korean Warlord.

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We were surprised to find the water in this water wheel was frozen. After Harbin, it feels positively balmy here at around freezing.

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There was an area where you could try some traditional games, which proved a great hit with some.

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The village is obviously regarded as educational, certainly by this particular nursery class.

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It was not quite The Peak (in Hong Kong) but the bus did go up to the Seoul Tower. We didn’t get off but got some cracking views.

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Hunger caught up with us and we wanted to try some more of the delicious street food.

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It was not quite the final stop but the bus did stop in our district – a short walk from Fraser Suites. Happy days.

After a rest and more frustrating attempts to solve my blog problem, it was vodka and Sprite time.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Around Seoul

  1. One of the things that struck me was the backdrop of the very tall building (flats or offices?) behind the shopping street. The old village looked fascinating but I bet it was rather more sanitised that the reality of the time. Beautiful though. It must have taken you both ages to get dressed and undressed for the posing!

  2. There seems to be so much to see everywhere. Am impressed neither of you fell over cos you were too busy looking around to see any obstacles on the ground!

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