a random intersection on the way to haneda
in the airport before picking up my bag
my hotel room
krispy kreme is in south korea. who knew?
turn your head to the left. this is some random building on a simple street corner.
south korea runs on dunkin!
this was an ice skating rink in the middle of a huge rotary
this was a couple of blocks from the hotel. pretty cool.
i don't know what this was.
this was guarded by at least 2 police officers every time i walked by
a huge ass intersection in seoul
gwanghwamun pedestrian underpass. duh.
cass beer is pretty good.
this korean food was really spicy. i was sweating profusely
rachel likes the spicy food
boston donuts in south korea. weird.
green tea chewisty. coming soon to a dunkin donuts near you
get closed. enough said.
deok su gung palace
i almost took off my head. too bad the warning is on the wrong side
deoksugung art museum
more deoksugung palace
Namdaemun gate, south korea's number #1 historical landmark
namdaemun (great south gate) seoul sungnyemun
rachel made me take this photo. i don't like hello kitty.
this was about 5 minutes before i made a fool of myself in a hoola hooping contest.
on the way to seoul tower
a deck on the way to seoul tower, overlooking seoul
overlooking seoul on the way to seoul tower
the view from a deck on the way to seoul tower
i stayed at the brown hotel in the middle of the photo
new feeling of soda beverage. i'm looking forward to the new feeling
i am far away from everything, except seoul
they love their octopus in this country
the alcoholic drink of choice in this korean barbecue joint
the delicious beef, next to the cheese fondue holder
cheese fondue is edible
i pity the guy who did the dishes. there were so many of them
cheese fondue again
if you go to seoul, go to this place. it is choice.
a bar after the korean barbecue place.
these guys were walking around on a sunday morning.
sunday morning in seoul
it wasn't supposed to rain. i don't think these were raincoats
outside gyeongbokgung palace
the guards outside gyeongbokgung palace
walking into gyeongbokgung palace
this is where all of the important figureheads used to stand. note: i am not an important figurehead in south korea
the king of south korea used to sit here. fyi: there were no cushions on the throne
the throne again
the ceiling in the king's main hall
a painting in one of the king's houses
another throne. notice the five mountains and the moon and the sun. that is important
gyeongbokgung palace. this is where the king threw his keggers
waiting for the king's kegger to start at gyeongbokgung palace
rachel waiting for the party to start. she looks cold
i think they used to lay out on those pool floaty toys in this area
there were so many buildings, they all looked like this
the queen's residence wasn't anything to brag about
all of the names of the buildings were in chinese - even the koreans couldn't figure out which building was which. seriously.
i think this was the king's sleeping area. i felt right at home.
this is a gate going towards the king's pool house
the pool house again. the king really threw big parties here
this was what they slept on
this was a desk
i am teaching this guy how to guard the king's palace. i think he's sleeping in this photo. seriously, his eyes are closed
rachel smiling too much for a king's guard
the king used to ride around in this car
this is a cadillac
i told you so
look at the grill on this cadillac
i wish this was my car
they had some weird customs back in the day in south korea. lets just leave it at that
korean national palce museum
notice the guards out front. it was really really cold
walking into changgyeonggung palace
we had our own private tour of changgyeonggung palace for 3 dollars
this looks a lot like gyeongbokgung palace, and it's only about 2 miles away (this is changgyeonggung palace)
notice the 5 mountains the rising sun / moon
this is where the important people stood at changgyeonggung palace
whoa that's a lot of detail work
better angle of the detail work
i poked my head/camera into this section. this was used up until about 80 years ago
our private tour gave us sweet photo opportunities
the fire hydrant dates back thousands of years
this goes to the secret garden. don't tell anybody
another door to the secret garden
this is where you park your range rover when you drive up to your palace
i thought this area was pretty cool
the secret garden!
more secret garden
rachel claimed this as her pool house
good thing they locked the gate
secret garden gates
buyongji and juhamnu.....this is in the secret garden in changgyeonggung palace
changgyeonggung palace secret garden
we caught up to the next tour. that tour was not in english
leaving changgyeonggung palace
this was a snack cart on the street
peter, i took this for you