The subject is misleading. Today was my first adventure into Seoul and I assumed I would get lost. Luckily I met up with a friend who guided me around a bit. We walked for what seemed like hours through palaces, secret gardens, and koi ponds filled with what she claims are hideous soulless beasts that are destroying the Great Lakes ecosystems. The latter I will agree with whole-heartedly, but the other stuff is the crazy Canadian in her. :-)
Oh, the factoid for the day is Korean King Sejong the Great invented Hangul, the language of Korea . . . period dot! She had nothing more in the way of information, and what I found hilarious was she was quite happy about that tidbit of brain filler. Her adventure into factoid telling ended and began within 10 seconds . . . that's it . . . there was no more info coming. We had a good laugh.
We started at ChangDeokGung Palace. It is smack dab in Seoul and is huge. It was built in 1405, destroyed during the Japanese invasion (1592-1598) then rebuilt in 1610. Then the Japanese destroyed parts of it during its occupation (1910-1945). When are those Japanese going to knock it off, right? It is unique among palaces in that it is layed out on sprawling grounds in harmony with nature, meaning it doesn't follow a main axis to maintain symmetry. Buildings were constructed to harmonize with the existing geographic features and positioned naturally so as to compliment the landscape, not command it.
1 fried egg (yolk popped and thoroughly cooked)
Directions - Combine together and enjoy.
Just lovely! ⬅ all that needs to be said
I just drank down some good 'ol Starbucks . . .whoa! whoa! Before you all start in on my anti-American food angle let me be clear, it's Starbucks!! Nuff said. Their standards for coffee excellence is only equalled by Seattle's Best or a great French press. There is the occasional bad cuppa but that is the exception not the rule. Oh, Tall non-fat Latte if you were wondering.
I'm thinking of doing a bathhouse tonight and staying in a room there. I've never experienced one before and always wanted to. Wearing only what you were born with, plus a bit of fur, with a bunch of strange asian men sounds like the perfect end to a great day, losing my Seoul.