How do you see Seoul in two and a half days? Well, we are going to try. We started out at the Gyeongbokgung Palace near Insadong. This is the largest palace in Seoul and arguably the most impressive. From Gimpo, we took the 631 orange bus all the way into the city.We arrived just in time for the changing of the guards (see video) and then had a nice leisurely stroll (battling the crowds) through the grounds. After the palace I took Mom to the National Folk Museum for a brief synopsis of Korean history. The exhibits were good with a special exhibit of Jeju pottery. But we were getting hungry so headed to Insadong for lunch (Italian). We got our fill of tourist shopping and we each spent plenty of Won. I bought a brush set, some traditional masks, and some honey confections. Mom bought some amethyst earrings, flower vases and t-shirts.
We then walked to the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. After the temple we went to the Central Buddhist Museum just near the temple.
Upon returning home to Gimpo we went out to eat one of my favorite meals shabu-shabu. Mom is still trying to master chopsticks.Finally, we finished the day by enjoying the new Harry Potter movie. HP5: The Order of the Phoenix might be the best HP movie to date. It was very well directed. Yes, they did leave stuff out from the book but overall, very good.