|One of the interior gates in Seoul's Gyeongbuk Palace.|
While this first part was rather easy, lugging my luggage through the streets of the University district on a busy evening was not! Thank you so much to Soeul-ite Lauren for spotting me and helping me not only navigate, but carry things to my hostel!
I did not make the above connection of course, until I spent an hour wandering in circles the next morning on my way to ballet class (yes, that's right, ballet class). Fortunately, figuring I'd get lost, I'd given myself approximately that much time to find the studio and only wound up running in about 30seconds late!
(Class was excellent by the way and for all those looking to find dance classes in Seoul, I recommend Seoul Tanz Station. English language website is here: http://www.seoultanzstation.com/ )
After Ballet it was time to meet up with some Seoul-ites, my friend Minjung and her sister SoJung for a great few days of food and cultural experiences. Not only did they ensure I was fed delicious hot pot while sitting on the floor in the traditional manner, they found a place where I could try on Hanbok - traditional Korean clothing.
|More of the traditionally dressed guards.|
|Minjung and I outside of the Blue House, seat of the Korean President.|
|One of the reconstructed traditional streets in Gyeongbukgung's Culture Museum.|
|A traditional drum tower surrounded by modernity.|