Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day trip to Seoul

A friend invited us to spend a day at Seoul this past Saturday and we decided to visit the Korean War Museum and Deoksugung Palace. We opted to take the 2 hour KTX train ride instead of driving 4 hours to Seoul.

The Korean War Museum was located just right outside of Yongson. It was much larger than I thought it would be and there were impressive monuments right outside the front entrance. We weren't able to see the entire place, so we will be making another visit to see what we missed.

Jensen had a great time at the Museum.

Notice Jensen on the bottom of the photo trying to look at the colorful shields.

Our next stop was Deoksugung Palace which was located near the KTX station. There were 3 palaces listed on the hotel guide, but I decided to go to this one which had the changing of the guards that was scheduled for 2 p.m. I was also pleasantly surprised that an Art Museum was also located inside the palace grounds.

Guard at the entrance of the palace

I was trying to get Jensen to pose with the guard, but he was too scared.

I love the fact that this photo includes the palace and the high rise buildings in the background.

Nice photo taken by Christian.

 On our way back home, Jensen was having a tough time sitting still. I had to keep walking him to the middle part of the train so he can stretch his legs. A family was nearby and I guess they noticed how Jensen was being so fussy and whiny. On one of the many walks that I took Jensen, the grandfather just grabbed him and sat him on his daughter's lap. Keep in mind, I have never met them before. I guess if that happened back home, I would have flipped out, but Koreans feels as if you are part of  a large family. I was so appreciative that he "adopted" Jensen. They were returning to Deagu from Seoul as well. They had just attended a cousin's wedding. It was nice to talk to them and even the children spoke English. One of the grand-daughters drew a picture of Jensen and gave it to us to keep. This is one of the many things I love about Korea.

Jensen making new friends on the the KTX train ride back home.
Drawing of Jensen by Anna.

1 comment:

  1. I remember that, due to diet, public transportation had an "air" about it. You get used to it though. Koreans love to see people from other countries that are enjoying Korea.