|Kimchi at tosokchon|
On the bus there were other tourists who had the same idea as us, but when we arrived at Tosokchon it was still quite empty, and we were seated immediately.
|Ginseng tea and liquor|
|How to eat|
|Tosokchon ginseng chicken soup|
|Seafood and green onion pancake|
After breakfast we had some time to kill before viewing the changing of the guards at Gwanghwamun, so we explored the area outside the palace.
|Some solid feng shui going on here|
|General Yi Sun Sin|
|Admiral Yi's diary|
|Admiral Yi's portrait|
|Admiral Yi standing guard over the city of Seoul|
Unfortunately for me, Bonsoy is not a thing in South Korea, so I relied on instant coffee for my caffeine fix throughout the trip.
Am obsessed with these sleeves! But admittedly it's not easy to eat in this top.
There were lots of people dressed in hanboks around Gyeongbokgong Palace, but I didn't bother as I find hanboks less flattering than kimonos.
|Photo op with the struggling cherry blossoms|
|Stone markers depicting rank|
Everything at Gyeongbokgong Palace is like a mini version of Forbidden City.
Being able to read Chinese (and knowing to read from right to left) helped in the understanding of the purposes of certain palace buildings. Eg. 勤政殿 literally means palace to diligently execute political affairs.
As I age I'm more and more grateful for my mum's insistence to school me in Chinese.
The real treasure is the golden dragon carving on the ceiling-
If the guide hadn't pointed out the ceiling to us, I would've totally missed it!
|Palace to think over political affairs|
We bumped into a couple of Malaysian girls who took the above photo for us.
Ended our exploration of the Palace with the most charming library-
Our next stop was Samcheongdong, a beautiful shopping street lined with retail stores and restaurants.
|Kaya toast in Seoul!|
All the stores here are well-designed.
Even if you don't buy anything, just walking around in Samcheongdong brings great pleasure.
Martica recommended this rice cake restaurant, so Mei and I had dinner there.
|Note the super rolled-up sleeves|
After finishing the rice cakes, we saw all the other tables order burnt rice, so we did the same.
Mei loved it.
After dinner we went to another shopping district (I forgot the name though - this is what happens when you leave journaling until 8 months after a trip! Thank goodness for photos).