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Korea Day 2

Posted Nov 07 2012 6:30am
The gate into the palace. You can see how the city of Seoul has grown around the ancient palace.
Pots used to store and ferment kimchi and other winter food for the royal family.

More of the city of Seoul behind the palace.
Where the King would hold meetings and parties.
Room where the King's throne is situated.
Nobles and their traditional garb
Chasing after Caleb in the royal family's eating room

After we finished exploring Kyongbuk Palace, we walked to a little neighborhood filled with adorable boutiques, resturants, and coffee shops nestled onto a hill.

It was such a unique neighborhood and I loved how small the streets were, and how hip all of the stores and restaurants were. It reminded me of Georgetown in DC...but without the insane traffic and astronomical prices, haha.

Since all the walking around left us famished, we decided to take the hunk to his first traditional Korean restaurant where you sit on heated floors, and the rooms are separated by sliding doors.

We stuffed our faces silly of delicious Korean food, but we still made a pit stop at a traditional Korean coffee shop on the side of a mountain for cappuccinos and sweet waffles.

Waffles are a big treat in Korea and they can be found at almost any fancy coffee shop. They're really cheap and SO delicious with their cookie butter caramel sauce drizzled on top and served with Korean ice cream (green tea or red bean flavor) on the side. In this case, I had my favorite green tea ice cream and it did NOT disappoint!

The hunk said it was an interesting flavor but I think it's just something you have to get used to. It's definitely an acquired taste (as with a lot of Korean food) but it's so delicious when you're accustomed to it.

By the time we finished, it was late, Caleb was beyond exhausted and we were still groggy from jet lag. So we hightailed it out of Seoul and made our way back home. We spent the rest of the night watching childhood videos of my brothers and I (no, you won't be seeing any of those haha) and talking and laughing with my parents.

It was another beautiful and fun day in Korea that ended on such a sweet note. I am always the happiest when I'm there.

Told you I had a boatload of pictures to share ;) And anyone want to visit Korea yet?

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