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Annyong Haseo: A First to Visit Korea

18 Aug

Annyong Haseo! Was trying to learn a few Korean words on the plane enroute to Seoul. However, the fatigue got the better of me and slept through the almost 4hr flight. I’m currently in Seoul for the Regional Agency Leader’s Conference of Prulife U.K. This is a huge privilege as only the top 6 unit managers nationwide are invited to attend. The flight was scheduled in an ungodly hour of 1230AM. We arrived Seoul dazed and tired but since check-in time was at 2PM or so, a tour was organized for us. All of my tour mates have been in Korea for more than 2x already. Hence, I’m the newbie in this tour.

After having a VERY early breakfast at Dolphin Seafood, we proceeded to check-out some of the spots in Seoul. Shopping was at the top of mind must do in this trip with Myeongdong being the final destination spot. However, were informed that Myeongdong was to open not earlier than 10AM. We decided to skip the Fish Market and headed straight to one of the 4 fortress walls setup during the Joseon Dynasty, the Namdaemun or South Gate. This structure was razed by a fire in 2008 and is currently be reconstructed and targeted to be completed this year.

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After Namdaemun, we proceeded to Hanok Village where a select group went down to see the traditional houses and the items that can be found inside.

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The rooms were remarkably small as the people at that time were small in stature.

Next stop? Seoul N Tower! The central part of the city. Going up the observatory provides a nice bird’s eye view of Seoul. Part of the attraction was the quiet ride up their 30sec elevator.

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Outside N Tower was the famous love bridge with lockets tied around it.

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Walking to and from N Tower was quite an exercise and we were all famished. Had my first taste of Bibimbap in one of the restaurants in a small alley in Insadong.

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Insadong is lined with small souvenir shops and Korean restaurants. Perfect for buying Korean souvenirs to take home.

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While the others went to Myeongdong for some retail therapy, we decided to crash in the hotel, Conrad Seoul.

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A lovely cocktail / dinner was served in Sillah Hotel by PCA.

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Till tomorrow! 🙂

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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in My Simple Life

 

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