After that we took the subway to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We got there just as they were doing the changing of the guard ceremony/show. As far as I can tell they do it about once an hour since this isn't a working palace anymore, just a tourist attraction.
|Well...it WAS sunny...|
We found a quiet place to sit there and just sat and chatted while playing with my camera, it was very nice.
I suppose that after rebuilding the palace twice (once due to fire, the other due to the Japaneses), they really don't want to do it again. But, seriously, look how close together they were!
|It was like this everywhere!|
We ended up finding ome more places to play with my camera...
|Sorry Dad, I couldn't stop her from growing the beard...|
After picking up a little thing or two we took the subway to 명동 (Myeongdong), which is probably the craziest shopping area in all of Korealand.
It was hot, and we were hungry, so we found this cool guy selling ice cream on the street.
He had the machines set up on the street by an alley. It was cheap and very popular.
|She got Choco-Strawberry, I got Vanilla-Green Tea.|
After finishing our ice cream we did some shopping. She bought a couple cute shirts and I found a skirt and a dress that I liked.
We were both tired after that so we found a quiet coffee shop down a side street and just relaxed there for about two hours.
This proved to be very good idea due to what happened on the way back to the guesthouse.
For some reason (I blame the heat), I ended up having us get off a stop too early.
Instead of paying again and riding the subway for just one stop, we decided to walk. I'm really glad we did, since we saw some pretty cool things.
|Prettiest sidewalk in Korealand.|
|Can you believe we're in one of the largest and most populous cities in the world?|
|Rare example of graffiti here and the most awesome random bathroom I've ever found in Korealand - it actually had toilet paper!|
|Wicked! Elli and I saw this in London, brought back memories.|
I wasn't terribly impressed.
The food was okay, but the service was not what I'd come to expect here in Korea. It's like they tried to give service like we do in America, but it failed. Also, the Korean waiters aren't allowed to speak Korean, even to Korean customers!
Our waitress wasn't looking too happy either, though she did smile when I spoke a little Korean, even though she couldn't and she wasn't very good at English.
|Burger with onion rings (which were actually really good).|
|Chicken Caesar wrap, minus the Caesar dressing...|
Elli had a Sex on the Beach (Margret's favorite if I remember correctly), while MY and I had beer. We just chilled there for an hour or two and played some card games. It was really fun and relaxing.
Then MY walked us back to the guesthouse and our second day in Seoul came to a close. It really was a good day, though it was very tiring.
Luckily, the next day we just planned to go to Hongdae and find a couple of cafes...