In November, we made a weekend trip to Seoul to meet friends. In addition to palaces, bright lights, pottery, and fall colors, we enjoyed a great food. T and I made a Saturday morning stop at Butterfinger Pancake in the Gangnam Neighborhood for a most amazing breakfast, then all four of us enjoyed Suji’s for an early Sunday brunch. It is the most important meal of the day, after all. We had some Korean BBQ, a stop for fruit tea, and even found a little Mexican food at Julio in Jongno. All good.
Special thanks to Daniel at O’ngo in Seoul for the fantastic street food tour. It was delightful to walk around with some who knows Jongno and Insadong and knows where to go for Korean comforts and filling treats. We had quite a few stops along the streets, as well as an underground market that would have been completely missed otherwise. It was a wonderful afternoon with dear friends and good food. Enjoy.
And don’t let me forget the stylish hotel, Small House Big Door in Jung-gu. What a great location and easier on the pocket book than so many others in this great city. http://smallhousebigdoor.com/shbd/
Earlier in October, we took a fantastic trip to Seoul, Korea. This is another city, and country, with an amazing past and future. They have had a turbulent history over the last 600 years or more, and they fight an ongoing war with their northern brothers. It is an incredibly international city; friendly, clean, hilly and green. Coffee shops on almost every corner, of few of which we enjoyed. We learned so much about people who live well, in a developed and advanced nation, all the while living in anger and fear over a border and historical dispute.
We had the enormous fortune to meet and old friend and a new one in Seoul. Tim worked with Kyu in Lexington SC, and he was there visiting his family. Kyu and his brother were our knowledgeable guides and translators, and treated us to some fantastic food (and a half dozen Krispy Kreme)!
Seoul is a great city for foreigners. It is easy to navigate from the airport and in the city, and they have a great city tour bus with various routes. We bought a day pass and got off the bus at the sites we wanted to visit, and then hopped back on for the next adventure. We saw palaces and modern skyscrapers, architecture and green spaces, a military base and a military museum, costumes, colors and Koreans, oh my! Enjoy the photos. Also, there are 3 short clips from the palace re-enactments if you’d like to take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQGYiec-_8o OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC8qiYpu-6o OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlZGmzZg8EM