Friday, January 23, 2009

Seoul, Korea Part ii

As promised, this is a continuation of our trip to Seoul, Korea. While in Korea, we also went to the N. Seoul Tower which is a pretty popular tourist attraction. The tower measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. The tower (similar to towers in other international cities) has several restaurants and observation decks. The top decks charge a small fee.

This above picture is a photo of urinals in the mens' bathroom at the top of the tower. Kevin got a real kick out of being able to "pee" on top of Seoul. I did visit the womens' bathroom, but unfortunately, it just wasn't as exciting.

A night view of the city lights of Seoul.

Once we got to the top of the tower, we noticed all these locks on display. I'm not sure what the significance is of the locks, but I've heard the tower is very popular with couples. I think the belief is that if you place a lock on the tower, your relationship with your significant other is expected to last (be locked in other words) and not be broken. Kinda of a nice thought, don't you think?

This is Namdaemun market. This is one of several outdoor markets in Seoul. You can buy everything here and the prices are real cheap. Always make sure you negotiate!

Due to the fact it was so cold out, I didn't feel much like shopping. I think Kevin may have been glad about that!

We also went to the National Museum of Korea. This museum was built in 2005 and features large exhibitions on Korean archeology, history, anthropology and art. Cool place!

This above photo is a photo Kevin took during a coffee break. I was surrounded by all these hungry pigeons! They wanted a piece of my SoyJoy bar. No, miiiiiiine!

Here are a few photos from inside the museum, the museum had some really interesting architecture.

Following the museum, we headed over to the Noryangjin fish market. I have to tell you, this market has to be one of the largest I've seen!

Look at the size of these shrimp!

Of course, no visit to a fish market would be complete without eating some seafood!

With our bellies full, we headed back downtown to see a musical theatre performance called "Nanta." It's funny, the audience in the theatre was a mix of Koreans, Japanese, Europeans and Americans. No worries if you can't speak Korean, this show did not contain any dialogue. Laughter is universal. The best way I can describe this show is to say: combine the Blue Man group with cooking and you get "Nanta!" I'll leave it at that! We both enjoyed the performance.

After four days in Seoul, it was time for skiing! We took a bus and headed to Yong Pyong ski resort. This is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Korea!

More on that in a later post.....


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