In this week’s #StorytimeSaturday, you’ll find out how my first day of traveling in South Korea went. For my blog post about first arriving in Korea, click here!
Our first full day of activities! After starting the day slowly, I showered for the first time since I left home. I was pretty nervous to use a Korean shower…no separate quarters in the bathroom is blocked off for the shower; instead, the shower head is connected to the sink and drain is built into the floor. I figured out the basics and used it properly. Kicked off our first meal of the day with cake (the cake I received as a welcome present at the airport the day prior). Cake for breakfast! He really knows me well.
Alright, time for day 1 of activities to commence. We started by heading from Suwon to Seoul where we would spend two days in the city (and one night at Seoul Lucky Guesthouse). After arriving at Seoul Station, we headed over to Deoksungung Palace, where we paid just 1,000₩ ($0.90) to walk around the property and look at some gorgeous temples as well as European-influenced buildings.
From Deoksungung, we headed over to Gwanghwamun Square to see the King Sejong statue (세종대왕 동상) and museum. From there, we continued to the main temple Gyeongbokgung Palace. THIS PALACE WAS SO HUGE! The property stretched very far, so we took our time exploring. While touring, we got to see a few performances from workers who presented traditional ceremonies.
After palace hopping, we checked out Insadong and got some blueberry and herb ice cream. During our time popping in and out of shops, we happened upon a small jewelry store. The older women working there called us a cute couple and asked if we wanted some photos taken together in the shop. It was very sweet! (okay – a little awkward, too)
Tune in next week for Minsok Village – a traditional Korean village with amusement park elements!