Friday, December 16, 2011

Korea: Day 15

After flying through the night, we were super excited and anxious to explore as much as possible during our 18 hours in Korea.  We looked like total tourists as we were not dressed appropriately as we still were living the "island life" and it was chilly weather and somewhat similar to Seattle this time of year.  Except there was LOTS of sun :)

Taking public transportation, the bus, from Incheon Airport into Seoul

We made it to the streets of Seoul

It was a gorgeous day

Caffeinated up 

Admiral Yi Sunshin

King SeJong

National Palace and Cultural Museum

Gyeongbokgung Palace

I tried to tell this young gal that I went to college at SMU, but she didn't speak a bit of English ... so I settled for a photo together instead :)

and this was the potty in the women's restroom ...

Felt right at home in Korea with a Texas bar - made me smile

Next stop ... food!  And we ended up at a packed local spot with locals for Korean BBQ.  It was an experience of a lifetime, as we were clueless on how to order when no one spoke English.  If only someone recorded us attempting to communicate .... hilarious!

Priceless face - We weren't sure what anything was!!!!

We just loved it - Cool temps in the 50's and we were dressed for summer.

Then we headed to the Namdaemun Market ... which was one of the craziest and most wild experiences of my life.  We heard it was an absolute MUST see if we were in the city, and let's just say I was overwhelmed instantly.

We are so glad we got to see the city and would love to come back when we have more time.  We were surprisingly able to see a lot during our visit and would love to come back again as it was too quick.

After Korea ... we made it back HOME!!! 
Being back in America never felt so good.



Carolyn said...

So cool!!!

Caroline said...

I love reading your trip recaps. Happy Holidays!! BISOUS!

Meredith said...

Looks fun!!! That is one crazy women's restroom.

Sweet Simplicity said...

I have really enjoyed reading all of your vacation recaps. Trip of a life time!

Bobbi said...

I love your photos from this trip!
Did you have to hover in the women's bathroom? So weird!

Arrie said...

I just really like your hair with this little wave! Is it possible to recreate?

Amber said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing. I am blown away by that bathroom!! I mean, I guess it's less icky than sitting on a public toilet seat, but it still freaks me out!

Ben and Emily said...

What a whirlwind trip to Korea, but looks like you got to see a lot! I'm not sure I could've braved that market.

Allie & Stew said...

Love these post! Such a great trip. You two are so cute.

Becca said...

My sister lives and teaches in Seoul and she LOVES it! She just signed up for another year of teaching. I definitely want to visit Korea because all the pictures I see, including yours, are just beautiful and so cultural!!! I've been reading your vacation posts; it looked like the trip of a lifetime!!!

Jody said...

Looks like you had a good time in Seoul! I was adopted from there and went back 10 years ago and have also been to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. If you are still wondering what you ate while you went to the local restaurant....your main course was a dish called bulgulgi. It is thin sliced beef that is marinated. It is one of my favorite meals that I make at home.
The bathroom pic made me giggle since I remember my first experience with seeing those.
It looked like your whole trip was lots of fun and relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

LaVonne L. said...

You were able to see a lot in Korea. Great photos. Thanks for sharing them. Crazy women's restroom!

It always feels wonderful to be home in the states when you were in another country. Sometimes I feel like I can kiss the ground after I get through customs. :)

Merry Christmas!

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

That is amazing! I can't imagine having a trip like that. We are spending 10 days in costa rica this summer...I'm thrilled! :0)

~KS said...

Sooo... I hate to fly but I love to travel. not sure how that works. BUT, thanks to your pics, I feel like I can see the world from my couch :)

I love Korean BBQ... but that pic of your hubs confused face is classic!! Ha!

Welcome home!!

Meghan said...

I love your trip re-caps! Everything looks just stunning - except for that restroom. I would die:)

Sarah said...

Wow~I'm loving browsing through your trip pictures! What an awesome vacay:)

Liesl said...

Looks like some yummy food and I just love that you took a picture with the girl in the SMU sweatshirt even though she didn't speak are adorable!!!

Liesl :)

Jax said...

I just love that photo of you with the SMU shirt girl! ha! Awesome. And the restroom... whoa... haha!

Kristin said...

so do you squat for that toilet??

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

The end of a fantastic trip - so fun! My parents recently had a similar layover in Korea and had a great time too! Where is next on the travel list?!

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