Fred & Marcia in Seoul
We have to wake up in less than five hours to go to the airport, but if I don’t write this quick blog now, I may not get around to it for a while…
Fred and Marcia arrived in Seoul last Saturday night and it was great showing them around “our” city. We had a few rainy, cold days, but the sun finally came out today!
Here are a few highlights:
Gyeongbokgung Palace: explored the palace, and then walked to Insadong shopping area. Unfortunately, Marcia and Fred’s first Korean meal wasn’t an especially pleasant experience because the bibimbap sauce was very spicy!
Jongmyo Shrine: apparently you’re only allowed to go in IF you go with a tour group, and the last tour of the day was in … Korean. So we walked around for 45 minutes with a tour group, not understanding a single thing. Apparently our Korean lessons didn’t prepare Alex and me for this sort of thing…
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP): this new plaza and exhibition hall, designed by architect Zaha Hadid (we were surprised to learn that the architect was a woman… not really sure why we were surprised), was recently completed. It reminded us of a space ship because it looked very modern and the shape sort of looks like a flying saucer. We went on a tour with the Hong Kong economic delegation, which was pretty interesting. Fred, Marcia, and I played around in these fun chairs that could turn and tilt, but couldn’t fall over. We were laughing like a bunch of school kids! I want to buy one for our house! Apparently the DDP is very beautiful at night because the aluminum panels that make up the structure light up… I’ll have to take Alex sometime!
Dinner at Lee Ann and John’s place: it was very nice to introduce Marcia and Fred to my “mahjong crew.” Wonderful conversation and wonderful food.
Samsung Leeum Art Museum and War Memorial of Korea
Bongeunsa Temple: downtown, nestled between a bunch of skyscrapers, right across from the COEX, this temple was decorated with lanterns for Buddha’s birthday (next week). It was a very zen experience!
We had a nice time in Seoul, and can’t wait for our next adventure in China!