Day 208

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Day 208… Today is much more interesting, my big bus tour of Seoul. First stop is the gorgeous Jogyesa Temple which is currently festooned with flowers for a flower festival. It is truly beautiful inside and packed with worshippers doing what worshippers do, praying to the 3 giant golden Buddha’s. Afterwards its off to a quick photo shoot outside at the closed for today presidential blue house before checking out the Cheongwadae Sarangchae Museum. The next bit is particularly cool as we head to Deoksu Palace, the smallest palace in Seoul (& it ain’t THAT small… you should SEE the big one!) and there we see the changing of the guard… an amazing, colourful tradition that stretches back centuries. Lunch is at a traditional Korean restaurant (& I must say though I love asian food, korean is my least favourite) before the next leg… a ginseng store. It does not matter what tour you do in Seoul… cheap or expensive.. they ALL… to a man… go to these damn places where you get the 5 minutes max whirlwind history of ginseng (or amethyst… get to that later) in Korea and how it’s the best place for it and oh look here’s some products we have for u to buy and by heavens they are expensive and massive packaging and you can’t escape these flaming things and… well I left to go to the toilet. Much better use of my time. When that was done its back to real tour stuff with the palace right near my hotel, Cheungdeoukgung Palace which is much bigger, but still beautiful. Then we go to a market… oddly the one near me again (i really WAS close to a tourist spot!) so instead I go look at Pagoda Park which houses a 600 year old pagoda encased in glass. After that its off to amethyst centre (another can’t escape no matter your tour thing) before the final stop, the Namdaemun Markets. After i am dropped at my hotel, it’s dinner and bed time.

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