Chris and I decided to take one more trip before he left for his next tour and with his 30th birthday coming up on a 3-day weekend we thought this was the perfect time to take a trip to Seoul. We left on Friday after work and spent three days in Seoul sightseeing, shopping, and eating delicious food. I decided to do this blog post in a different way... I divided it into three sections: friends, sights, and food! Here's what we did this weekend...
On our first day in Seoul our friends, Nate and Valerie and their daughter Aliza, came down from Osan to spend the day with us. Nate and Chris went to the Academy together and we haven't seen them since their wedding in 2006. We not only had a great time exploring the markets together but also chatting and catching up. We can't wait to see them again... they are already planning a weekend trip down to Sasebo!
|Visiting in a tea and coffee shop|
|Eating dinner at a delicious Thai place|
On Saturday we shopped with Nate, Valerie, and Aliza at one of the biggest markets in Seoul called "Namdaemun." It was huge and totally crowded.
|The entrance to the market|
|Look at the crowds!|
|"Bridge of No Return," where the POW's from both sides were exchanged.|
|This is as close to North Korea as we could get... you could look into the binoculars to see North Korea.|
|Of course, Chris had to take a look!|
|Walking in one of the tunnels that the North Koreans built to invade Seoul.|
|The northern most train station in South Korea. George W. Bush visited here in 2002. It is to "imply the reality of division between two Koreans and a future hope and expectation."|
|They are hoping that in the future this is train line will take you to Pyeongyang, North Korea one day.|
|I thought what this sign said was kind of neat.|
|Buying and stamping our train ticket to Pyeongyang.|
|At dinner with the view of the city behind us.|
|The set of Nanta|
Of course since Chris and I consider ourselves to be "foodies-in-training" we had a show pictures of the delicious food we "experienced" in Seoul. From the market place vendors, to the fancy dinner at Seoul Tower it was all so yummy!
|These delicious buns were filled with spices and meat.. yum!|
|We don't exactly know what all these parts consisted of, but Chris loved it!|
|These pancakes were honey filled... a fun snack at the market!|
|Chris being brave and sampling the silk worms. People were buying these by the cupfuls!|
|A close-up of the silk worms|
|Our yummy pineapple fried rice at the Thai place|
|Our last breakfast... Carmel and Cinnamon toast. Look at that whipped cream!|
|This was one of our favorite finds in Seoul... Cinnamon Tea. We drank it wherever we saw it!|
|One of my favorite foods in Japan is Bibimbap, but since it originated in Korea, the Japanese put their own spin on it, so I had to try the original in Korea. It is rice, vegetables, and an egg served in a steaming hot stone bowl. SO good!|
|Chris' Korean meal... Korean Spare Ribs with vegetables.|