Okay! Seoul part 2! On Sunday I got up pretty late again. I was determined to see the imperial palace, Gyeongbokgung. Stepping out the subway station you’re met immediately by the walls of the palace grounds. This place is huge. You can see the entrance gates nearby and some of the larger buildings in the distance. So I made my way in for a wander about.
I spent almost two hours going about here, it was total warm so I got a nice, cool ginger and cinnamon tea drink. Fine rare. Had a quick look in the palace museum as well, some nice old timey art and stuff. Anyways, the place was closing so I had to make like a tree and get out of there. In front of the palace there’s a big plaza that stretches right down the street, got some statues of important Korean figures and loads of people going about. I got to a bit where there were stalls with lots of yellow, people wearing yellow T-shirts and that, some were sitting on the ground in the middle of the stalls and I was wondering what they were doing there until I saw a poster saying something like “we demand the truth”. Then it occurred to me that it was a protest about the Seoul Ferry Disaster.
I got back to the hostel and met up with Robbert and Alex Mak (not to be confused with Alex Mack) from Hong Kong, and we went out to grab some food. We stumbled upon a place that served the most delicious beef I’ve ever tasted. Now, if someone gives me a steak, I’ll typically be all such as “it’s alright”. The beef here though… my god, utterly astounding.
As it was the last night that Robbert and myself would spend in Seoul, we decided to scale the hill up to Namsan tower to get one last look at Seoul, this time at night. It was a darned good idea, and well worth staying up for.
After that we went to bed, I had to get up early to catch the KTX to Busan. This story will continue another time!