Dec 22

Twelve Hours in Seoul

Posted by Leslie in Escapes, Travel

Deoksugung Palace Changing of The Guard Airport layover…

Tour Guide Lindsey and I

Seoul’s Incheon airport, one of the largest airports in the world, is the best airport for a layover.  This modern, well organized airport has a spa, golf course, sleeping rooms, and an interactive cultural center.Deoksugung Palace Changing of The Guard, Seoul

Just 43 miles from Seoul’s city center the terminal offers transit tours.  With a full selection of city, temple, or shopping tours, Freedom Tours will provide the best sightseeing option for your time schedule.

Useful Korean Expressions

My tour guide helped me select a full day tour, that would deliver me back to the airport in time for my connection.  She shared statistics and cultural information on Korea and gave our small group enough time to take in the sites.

Deoksugung Palace Changing of The Guard, Seoul

After a quick lesson in Korean our first stop was Deoksugung Palace to watch the changing of the guard.  The Cheonggyecheon Stream was next, a popular public space and urban renewal project developed by President Lee Myung-bak, formerly the city’s mayor.

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul

Korean Photo Class Cheonggyecheon Stream

At the stream I was caught on film by a Korean photography class.  Language barriers aside, one of the students showed me her shot and was kind enough to email me the photo below.

Me Shot by a Korean Photographer

Next Insadog-gil a popular street for locals and tourists.  This unique area was once Korea’s largest art market.  Today it combines a traditional and modern atmosphere with trendy art galleries, antique shops, traditional stationary stores and restaurants.

Korean Rubber Stamp Insadong Neighborhood, Seoul Insadong Neighborhood, Seoul

Insadong Neighborhood, Seoul Insadong Neighborhood, Seoul

Insadong Neighborhood, Seoul

Shopping was followed by a traditional barbecue lunch prepared on a grill in the center of the table.

Seaweed Kimchi

Korean Barbecue

Korean Barbecue

Our last stop was a kimchi factory to make our own kimchi, a spicy pickled cabbage that is the most common side dish in South Korea.

Making Kimchi Making Kimchi Making Kimchi

Korean Kimchi

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