Having Chance come and visit me here in South Korea for three whole weeks has given me the perfect opportunity to play tour guide. And by “play tour guide,” I mean force myself to stop relying on my friends to help me find my way around and actually learn the public transportation routes and where things are on my own. This is a good thing, though, because after all, I have been here for a little over two months now. It’s about time I really start learning my way around my new home.
Before Chance arrived, he ended up buying me a Lonely Planet book for Seoul! So with that book and the whereabouts knowledge I do have, we’ve been able to discover some new and exciting places to check out:
Gyeongbokgung Palace: A little over a week ago, Chance and I ventured out to see Gyeongbokgung Palace, the grandest of Seoul’s palaces. Once we stepped foot onto the palace grounds, I could immediately see why it’s considered the grandest: the place is huge and is filled with elaborate and pristine architecture that strongly exemplifies Korean royalty and culture. It reminded me of when I went to Paris in January and saw the Palace of Versailles, only all Asianed out.
The War Memorial of Korea: After the palace, Chance and I headed over to the War Memorial of Korea. I’ve been wanting to see this particular museum since I first moved here, but none of my friends seemed interested in geeking out with me. Luckily, my boyfriend is a museum geek too and was more than happy to go with me. So we went and had an awesome time learning more about a major event in Korean history: the Korean war.
Between the palace and the museum, Chance and I had an informational, yet fun day spending time together and seeing the sights of Seoul.