Korea Day 12: Gangnam Style!

Today was a slow day that ended with a nice dinner and visit to the Gangnam district in Seoul. This is a sidestreet. What. This nightclub had crazy pulsing lights, so I had to take a picture. No, I didn't go in. Yep, that's a giant Forever 21 store. Like…

Korea Day 11: Gyeongju pt. 2

Today we visited the iconic Buddhist temples in Gyeongju. Since the Silla dynasty was predominantly Buddhist (compared to the following Joseon dynasty which switched to Confucianism), many of the most famous Buddhist temples were located here. Seokguram Grotto Seokguram Grotto is a temple built into a mountain face. It was…

Korea Day 10: Gyeongju pt. 1

To learn more about Korean history and visit some of the historic sites from over a thousand years ago, we took a trip to Gyeongju, a city near the southeastern coast and capital of the Silla Kingdom, which lasted from 57 BC all the way to 935 AD (see Wikipedia…

Korea Day 9: Sightseeing Seoul, Repeat

After getting back from Jeju Island, we spent the day seeing some of the main tourist attractions in downtown Seoul. We saw the N Seoul Tower, Namdaemun Market and Gate, the Shinsegae department store, and Myeong-dong. Sound familiar? While I (and my mom and aunt) had already spent a day…

Korea Day 8: Jeju Island pt. 3

On our final day at Jeju Island, we saw a couple more attractions before flying back to Seoul. Eco Land: a glorified nature walk We visited Eco Land at the suggestion of our tour guide. It was the only privately-owned tourist attraction we went to, and it was obvious at…

Korea Day 7: Jeju Island pt. 2

Day 7 was a busy day of Jeju sightseeing and yummy seafood. We visited a bunch of places, including various parts of the coastline, Hallasan National Park, and a Buddhist temple. Inland sights Hiking in Hallasan National Park Hallasan National Park is the primary park in Jeju, and is home…