Sunday, June 28, 2015

{Day 4} Palace, Korean Folk Village & Geongju

Bright and early we met in the lobby with all of our luggage because today is the day that we are leaving Seoul and heading south to Gyungju. We are storing most of our luggage at our hotel here in Seoul because we will be back on Thursday for our last two nights in Korea. We then loaded the bus and headed to Gyeongbok Palace. This was conveniently located across the street from our hotel but since we were heading out of town afterwards, we road the bus there. 

Each family had a student tour guide who showed us around the palace. It was very fascinating but to me, it reminded me a lot of Forbidden City in Beijing. I could show you all pictures of Forbidden City and you probably wouldn't know the difference!

This was our student guide, Jessica. Clearly I look very thrilled by the tour!

After the palace, we hopped on the bus and drove about an hour to see a Traditional Korean Folk Village. At the entrance they had this huge stone monument with rope around it. You would take a piece of paper, write a wish on it, and then attach it to the rope.

What do you think of these guys?

We spent about an hour walking around the Folk Village.  

What do you think of this squatty potty?

Herb garden.

After a delicious lunch, it was on to the bus again for a four hour drive to Gyeonju. The bus ride went pretty fast because most of us were tired and napped for half of it, stopped for a short break, and then we did karaoke because after all, we are on the "party bus." It sure made the time go fast!

In the city of Gyeonju, there is a rule that you need to have this type of roof. Even the gas stations had it!

Gyeongju is very peaceful and relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Seoul. This is the view from my balcony, I'm definitely not in Oklahoma anymore!

Our hotel is also located on this beautiful lake with walk paths around it. After a very big dinner, I went for a little walk. It was lovely!

Busy, busy day and I am tired. Tomorrow we are going to visit some Buddhist temples. That should be interesting!

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