A few weeks ago, I posted some pics of sunset in Langkawi from my iPad.
I have never really liked the image quality from iPad (and never understand why people would use their iPad as the primary means of picture-taking while on vacation. But I digress.)
With the images from my camera now on my computer, I wanted to post a couple images of sunset that truly demonstrate the beautiful sunset – in my mind, what will be remembered as a hot pink sunset because the pink mixed in with the orange was just so intense.
Recently, I spent two and a half days in Seoul, Korea and I fell in love with the city. And what a huge city it is, with a population of ten million.
I traveled to Seoul after a 5 day stint in Beijing. Seoul was like a yoga retreat compared to the intensity of Beijing. (Disclaimer: I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Beijing and really got a sense of the kindness of locals.)
Since I didn’t have much time in Seoul, I decided to do a day tour to see as much as I could. It was a packed day and included the following sites in the following order:
Woman bowing before entering
Baby Buddha and I
Deoksu Palace – we were able to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony after walking through the Palace grounds.
Deoksu Palace structure
Another tour group. Love the colorful bubble jackets!
This is done daily to as a ceremonial reminder of the old days
A drive by of the Presidential Blue House, Korea’s version of the White House
An Amethyst center – Yes, this was just an inclusion in the tour to get tourists to purchase so the organizer can get a cut?
Lunch at a Korea restaurant, which actually wasn’t as good as some of the food I’ve had in Little Korea in NYC. (womp, womp)
Changdeok Palace – a UNESCO Heritage site
Concubine area (now with modern buildings in the background)
Korean version of Love Locks
A Ginseng center – Yet another random stop in hopes that someone in the tour would buy
Back to Hotel
The tour cost about $85 USD, which I think was a fair price. If I had the time to figure out transportation or several days to see all these places in detail I would not have done the tour. But the day whet my appetite and I can’t wait to go back to Seoul again to explore a few of these places for a longer period of time!