The sight-seeing sites visited included:
Namsan Hanok village
New Seouil Tower
Han River Cruise
The Cheongwadqe Sarangchae showcases the lives and accomplishments of former Korean presidents and documents the modern splendor of Seoul. It also has information about the past, present and future accomplishments of Korea and Seoul.
There is a slightly spooky back story about this building which is built in this funky manner to cover up some nefarious ancient curse located under/behind/somewhere-near-by. If you know about it, enlighten us.
Koreans like their drums BIG
A river cruise is always a nice diversion. The Han River divides Seoul between the old city and the newer Gangnam
There be the dock
These seagulls know exactly when the boat leaves the dock and provide excellent entertainment catching hunks of bread in mid-air.
This is the awesomest entrance to an aquarium I have ever encountered. Fish swimming in to giant columns and overhead between them. INCREDIBLE. And this massive aquarium is built within the humungus COEX mall.
Didn't expect to find bats in an aquarium:
This was a spectacular walk "under da sea"
There's even a kimchi museum in the COEX mall. The history of culinary fire in Korea.
The Namsan Hanok Village had several old homes of the ruling class on display within a large park setting.
Your basic upper-class living room complete with really old map of Seoul.
Stylish, comfortable shoes of our tour guide.
I thought that was an interesting feature carved into the side of this old cabinet.
High above Seoul is the massive Seoul Tower
These are thousands of LOCKS with messages of love and devotion that couples attach here and on a wall elsewhere near Seoul Tower when the young man proposes marriage to his sweetheart at the top of the Tower.
Cool film technology on the wall of the Tower's elevator waiting area lets you see all kinds of views from the top.
Korean soldiers are so relaxed and confident compared to Chinese soldiers.
We ended the tour with a visit to a palace museum.
We discovered the symbolism of the Korean flag.
Top left: HEAVEN-Justice / Spring / East
Bottom Right: EARTH-Fertility / Summer / South
Top right: WATER-Life / Winter / North
Bottom left: FIRE-Wisdom / Autumn / West
White background = National Purity
Center = Yang & Yin of the people
Nice views of Korea we won't see on this trip:
The gal on the left is the mother of the fellow on the right. She was one tough mama, and pretty famous in Korean history. She raised a good son who did a lot of good for his country and his picture is on their 10000 bill.
A sneak peak at what U.S. money might look like in the not too distant future?