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Romantic Winter in Korea

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Runaway Juno’s pick of 5 romantic spots in Seoul:
Chyunggye cheon
Seoul n tower
Gyungbok palace
Han river
Samchung dong

Things to do:
buy a pan for Mum (I got it from e-mart)
listen to Arirang. May peace prevails in Korea Peninsula. God bless!
listen to talented guitarist Sungha Jung (Seongha Jeong / 정성하 / 鄭成河). There is a sense of tranquility listening to him playing the guitar. Thank you and love you! Keep on playing your guitar.

Useful URLs: (for coupon)
Yahoo finance for currency converter

Watched 4D Hall and wrote our names in Hangul (Hangeul) calligraphy @ The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin.
Hangeul, developed under King Sejong, is the Korean alphabet that opened up a new world.

We were fortunate that our application to visit the Blue House (청와대 or 靑瓦臺) was accepted.
Blue House is added to the list of palaces or VVIP sites visited:
Great Hall of the People (人民大会堂)
Forbidden City (紫禁城, where Blueroselady fell in love with love and photography), today is Palace Museum
Summer Palace (颐和园)
The Old Summer Palace (圆明园 – sadly only the ruins)
White House (outside, in future we will become among the guests)
Blue House, Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁 or 景福宮)
Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁 or 昌德宮)
Buckingham Palace (outside, Queen’s gallery)
Kensington Palace
Windsor Castle
Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill), Oxfordshire
Istana Merdeka
Presidential Palace, Nicosia

At -10 degree C in Gyeongbokgung, my sweetheart remarked that the Kings had to endure cold winter without modern days heater.

Favorites from our trip:
Romantic snowing at Suwon Fortress (imagine that we were a warrior and a beauty of the old ages).
Snow sledding (1. impromptu at Children’s Grand Park because the sledding facility was closed by the time we reached there, 2. Songdo Resort – I saw piglet, rabbit, and Hachiko-alike puppies. Welcome to Rabbit Seolla)
Korean food (hot pot, grilled pork at Jonggak)
Stroll along Cheonggyecheon (청계천) stream admiring the Seoul night neon light, the side of the waterfall became ice like ice carving.

We visited 2 UNESCO sites: Suwon Fortress and Changdeokgung. Though we are not crazy about branded goods (Channel, LV, Porsche). We do love world-class branded destinations.
Our hotel was closed to the station so we did not have to spend too long in the cold at night to reach our hotel. I like our hotel room toilet bowl with seat warmer, butt (2 holes) washers.
Korean people are very kind and helpful, they go out their way to help us. Those who walked back to help us get the right bus outside Songdo Resort. The hotel staff who ran to help us catch the shuttle bus.
Korean people are respectful to the elders and loving to the young. I am so touched. I desire to have this kind of service-heart to others.
We bought winter coat each at KRW 10,000 – KRW 15,000.
Added Suwon and Incheon to my tripAdvisor map.
We were among the last people to visit the Biwon (secret garden) of Changdeokgung (昌德宮) on the day, thanks to the kindness of the friendly staff.

Places to visit for future Korea trip:
Seoraksan National Park (fall / autumn)
Samcheong-dong Bukchon, Seoul
Gyeongju (former Silla capital)
Busan to Japan

Written by blueroselady

January 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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  1. […] PS: 1. You can also add spring onion leaves (cut into small pieces), I forgot to buy it. 2. I also have a recipe for kimchi hotpot. 3. A previous version of my home cooked kimchi fried rice. Honestly, I could not recall how I cooked it. Lesson: it is important to make notes. 4. I am craving for the Korean pancake that we had in Suwon. […]

  2. […] the National Palace that I cherish), Yunnan, Sichuan (especially near Chengdu), Hong Kong,Taiwan. Korea: very romantic for autumn and winter shots. 2. Malaysia : Malacca, Penang 3. Indonesia: Bali (many […]

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