I took two days to explore Seoul after I’d sat at HGS for about a week. I was going to take three but I was so exhausted after two that I decided to just hang around HGS for my last day. That’s actually when I took most of the pictures there.
Seoul is a really interesting city. It is really vibrant and full of life. The subway and bus system is so easy I really felt like I could get anywhere I wanted to.
My first day in Seoul didn’t start out that well, though. It was pouring rain and the umbrella I’d brought with me was about the size of a postage stamp and just not up to the challenge. I tried to look around the Anguk section of Seoul, which is right next to Chogye-sa, the head temple for all of Korea. There are lots of shops that cater to the monks and nuns. I had an idea of getting myself some fabric to make another set of practice clothes. Unfortunately, I wandered into the wrong store. It was a fairly high-end shop from the looks of it and the woman in there was already waiting on a nun. I saw bolts of fabric and stepped up into a raised area of the shop to get a better look. Suddenly, the woman in the shop starts yelling ‘Noshoesnoshoesnoshoesnoshoes!’ Apparently, I was supposed to take my shoes off before stepping up into that section! Who knew!?? I beat it out of there and back into the rain.
By that time I was pretty soaked. Fortunately, Kim had asked me to buy him an umbrella while I was out. I finally remembered this and bought a great big umbrella that improved my outlook enormously. I was too wet to keep walking around outside so I decided to find this great big indoor market in the Dongdaemun shopping district. I’d heard a rumor that there was yarn there!
My second day in the city, I went to this amazing palace right in the middle of Seoul. I wasn’t too excited about the big barren areas surrounded by buildings but when I started following the road around the palace grounds, I was charmed.