|Main Gate. Notice the crowds of people.|
|These guys stood totally still. I was fairly impressed. Also, the guy in red's polearm is cool.|
|Main palace building. There was a bit of a line to look inside. Turns out there really wasn't a lot to see. I would have looked for a while if I didn't have to fight so hard to get there and had people fighting me to move.|
|Cool painted screen.|
|Us in a gate in a different part of the palace. The place was huge! I'm thinking|
that the JoSeon kings really liked their space.
|Cool pagoda at the Korean National Folk Museum|
|This is probably the coolest palace building. Nancy and I decided that our house needs to be built like this someday.|
|This is the North Seoul Tower as seen from Myeongdong. Pretty cool looking. We went|
there that night.
That evening we went to the North Seoul (Namsan) Tower. The first step in getting up there is to take this inclined elevator. My camera isn't very good at taking pictures at night, so here's what I got:
|It actually had some kind of malfunction when we were almost to the top, so we had to go back down and then back up.|
|Stairs! I've decided that if I were to make a list of things to be aware of if you're coming on a vacation to Asia, the number one thing would be stairs.|
|North Seoul Tower! Once again, my camera doesn't do well at night.|
|This picture of the ticket counter worked pretty well, though. We had to wait an hour and ten minutes before we got on the elevator, so we got Coldstone (which we don't have on Jeju) and then waited a little while.|
|Us on the observation floor. It was pretty cool!|
|View from the observation floor. It's hard to get a good picture at night through a window.|
|I took this picture with my camera in night mode from the stairs going back down the hill. Much cooler. It was still worth going up in the tower, though.|
|Seoul at night!|
On our second day in Seoul, we went to the temple! Back in Utah, we used to go to the temple once every two weeks, and we've really missed it. It was awesome to get to go and feel the special spirit that's in the house of the Lord, even if we did need translation devices. Many of the temple workers spoke English, though, which was nice. It was a great experience, and we think that we'll probably be heading back to Seoul again for the express purpose of going to the temple.
That evening we met up with some of Nancy's mission companions. We had dinner together and then went and got bubble tea, which I think is awesome. Seriously, it's a drink that you chew! It was a fun, and while it was mostly Nancy and her friends speaking in Korean, I know enough words and Nancy uses enough English words in Korean for me to generally understand what was going on.
For day three our plan was to hike to the highest peak in Bukhansan National Park. It's called Baegundae. To preface this a little bit, I should mention that hiking is very popular in Korea, and that Bukhansan National Park is the busiest national park in the world. Knowing that, I still wanted to go for it, because it was reading about this national park that was the first thing that made me realize that I could actually be okay with living in Korea, because they have some outdoor stuff. So, to get there we took the subway to the bus stop we needed, came up the stairs, and were greeted with this line to get on the bus:
|Nancy asked someone what they were waiting for and they said, "The bus to Bukhansan! Go to the back of the line!"|
|A cool fortress gate.|
|Of course, I had to go on top of it.|
|Looking at a peak in the park. The mountains here are pretty cool. They're very different from Hallasan back on Jeju, which is volcanic.|
|Most of the trail looked like this. If you don't like stairs, you shouldn't do this hike.|
|Taking a rest.|
|There were a lot of other people on the trail.|
|Summit! Note how crowded it is. It was still cool.|
|One of the views from the summit.|
|Us on the summit. you can see part of the city behind us. But then it gets lost in the air pollution.|
|We could see this temple from the summit and I almost wish we had gone there (except we got pretty tired of hiking. That Buddha looks ENORMOUS!|
I shot this video after we ate our lunch. I got a little excited about using the phrase "seething mass of humanity" and I also didn't realize that my camera doesn't pick up sound when it's zooming in and out. I also think my voice sounds a little funny. Still pretty fun, though.
At any rate, that about describes our trip to Seoul, though I am pretty pleased about the fact that I found myself a pair of Korean hiking pants for only 10,000 won. I'm totally wearing them on our next hike, though I think I'll look weird without a matching shirt. I'm going to have to find one of those, too. Anyway, that's all I've got for this post. This is Captain Danger out.