We spent 6 hours in Seoul back in Oct 1999, almost 20 years ago, during a long layover at Kimpo (now Gimpo) Airport. Since US citizens do not need a visa to enter South Korea, we entered the country, got a map from the information kiosk and Korean won from the ATM, rode the metro to downtown, and visited Gyeongbok Palace.
This time, we booked ourselves into a guesthouse near the Insadong district for 7 nights - the Insadong R Guesthouse. Here's the view from our room window.
This is the last post on Seoul. Below are some photos of events and outings that did not make it into the previous posts.
The Lotte Tower as seen from the bus window as we head to the Seoul East bus station.
Catching the Metro from Seoul East to our guesthouse.
Near our guesthouse.
Samsung Galaxy Showroom near our guesthouse.
Cheonggyecheon Stream Recreation area at night.
Bukchon: MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Conservatory at Changgyeong Palace
Bukchon Hanok Village, an area of traditional houses, is located between Gyeongbok and Cheondok palaces. Some of its streets are literally overrun with tourists.
The free National Museum was very cool. Among our favs were the Buddhist Art and Architecture displays, especially the video showing 3D reconstruction and visualization of Seokguram Grotto.
The Elevated Highway near Seoul Station has been turned into an Elevated Park, complete with public pianos. I was happy to get a bit of applause when I finished my impromptu performance. ;-)
We did not make it to the Great Southern Gate on our walk along the Seoul City Wall, but it's near Seoul Station. So here's my long lens shot from 2019.
Here's my father's close-up from 1954.
Old Seoul Station in 2019.
City Hall in 2019
There was a Parade! forming when we stopped by Seoul Plaza.
Myeongdong food stalls.
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