Pretty, Clean City
Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
50Trip End Sep 08, 2010
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We arrived in Seoul, bustling capital of South Korea groggy and tired after our twelve hour flight from San Francisco. On our first day in Seoul we didn't do much, staggering to the corner store to buy pot noodles. Thankfully, that night we had a good sleep and we were ready to look around the next day.
We started by taking the crowded subway to the Seoul Tower, on a hill overlooking the city. Unfortunately, the city was very smoggy and the views weren't great. After descending the hill, we walked to Nandaemun Market, the oldest and largest in Seoul. We didn't buy anything, but we could have probably furnished our whole house and bought enough for the rest of our life.
After a lunch of Kimichi(not recommended), we took the subway to the Changdoek Palace, where the Korean Royal Family used to live. The Palace was huge taking around three hours to see just some parts. Most buildings were painted red, with shining yellow tiles adorning the roof. On the corners of the roofs are small statues. The more statues, the higher the building is ranked.
We enjoyed our time in Seoul, but we did miss some things we all want to see. There are many other palaces, and a visit to the DMZ with North Korea would be interesting to see.