Back here again??
Trip Start Mar 18, 2003
55Trip End Apr 08, 2007
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I figured it'd be a wise idea to have a back-up plan in case we couldn't get on the flight. Manila and Cebu were looking pricey for the end of April, Mayu had just gone to Hawaii in December, and a week's just too damn short to go to Europe or the continental U.S. Somehow Korea ended up fitting the bill. Unlike with Denpasar, the Seoul-bound flights had plenty of vacancies, so in the very least, we'd be going somewhere. Well, despite having planned ahead to a fair degree, nothing budged on the Bali flight, so by mid-April we basically had to bite the bullet. For the third time in as many years, I was off to the Land of the Morning Calm.
The weather isn't especially lovely here at the moment. Although the rain has mostly held off, it went from hints of blue sky to gloomy overcast conditions. We spent most of the day just wandering about - first dropping by Seoul's gleaming central train station to pick up our Gyeongju tickets, then heading over to the chaotic confines of Namdaemun market. Stopping for a delightful bibimbap lunch, we nosed around the
various shops and stalls before strolling back towards downtown. Swinging past City Hall, the Statue of Yi Sun-Shin,
We took a quick break at our yeogwan before going out for dinner proper. For that though, we indulged in the standard affair: a feast of galbi accompanied with a couple bottles of Korean beer. Apart from a little walk along the neon-lit lanes of downtown Seoul's nightlife district, that was basically it for the day. Tomorrow we're planning on visiting the vast Gyeongbokgung palace complex and then taking the funicular up to the top of Namsan - a good overview of the sprawling South Korean capital before we move on to historic Gyeongju.