Monday, April 12, 2010

It's almost spring in Seoul

I have to admit that I am a tiny little bit disappointed that the trees are still mostly bare and that it was 43 degrees today. Other than that - it's so great here!

We left the hotel at around 7:30 this morning and walked up towards the Bukchon area, which is a traditional neighborhood that is on a hill overlooking Seoul.

My scarf looks like this because it was wrapped around my head most of the morning. Have I mentioned it's kinda cold?

We then made our way to Insadong, where we stopped for a coffee and some mystery pastries. Then I spent some money on a beautiful painting. We have to go back either tomorrow or the day after, I forgot to buy a name chop for Ben, and also have to get some traditional pottery and wedding ducks.

After Insadong we came to a really cool park, which of course I don't remember what it is called.

We kept on walking and eventually ended up at the Lotte Department Store. It was very nice, but clearly we are not their target customers.
After some more walking we had lunch at a traditional Korean restaurant (where you sit on the floor), and unfortunately they brought us the wrong food and we couldn't say anything. It was good though (at least I thought so).
We walked some more and discovered that we were at Namdaemun market. Where they sell fake Burberry bags. I now own a new hand bag.

And then we made our way back to the hotel - it was 3 p.m. and we had been walking all day. On the way home we caught the changing of the guard at one of the palaces.


  1. Photos are great Sandra and I'm so glad you enjoyed your first day in Seoul! By now, you must be out for dinner, and soon you will be settling in for the night and dreaming about your first day with your son, Ben! I am SOOOOO excited for you!!

  2. I'm so excited about your day tomorrow! I can't wait to hear all the details and see some pics. And having grown up in the midwest, yes, it does look cold in those pictures. BRRR!!!

  3. Yay for Seoul! I think it would be weird to be there when it's so cold b/c we were there in sweltering July. Hope you get to see some pretty trees in bloom.
    Can't WAIT for the report from your first meeting!

  4. I love seeing pictures of Seoul! It sounds like you enjoying yourselves. I hope it warms up a little for you!

  5. Amazing photos! Looks like you are having a great time in Seoul!

  6. What great pics of Seoul! I've been to the park in Insadong, it is "Tapgol Park". It's beautiful isn't it???? :)

    ~Mom2ZQK&J from the Holt BB