It’s Sunday, and the 1st day of December and we are in Seoul, Korea! Pretty cool if you ask me. Last night Christmas Festivities 2013 kicked off at the City Hall Plaza. The big Christmas tree was lit and there was a choir singing Christmas music. It was great!
Today we decided to visit the royal palaces… A couple of them. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbok Palace is the oldest built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder KingTaejo. It is the grandest of the palaces. Beside it is the Changgyeonggung Palace. Both palaces burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and were left in ruins until 1865. David and I both commented that these Korean Palaces are not as beautiful or ornate as the Palaces we’ve visited in China.
Today we did a lot of walking. It was a little nicer today than the last two but still chilly. The best thing to enjoy for lunch and a MUST have in Seoul is the Ginseng chicken soup. The soup is served with a whole chicken that is stuffed with rice, nuts, chestnut, date, and ginseng root, and is so delicious. We obviously found the Most Famous restaurant because there is always a line. It ‘s kinda like having Peking duck when you visit Beijing only this is Ginseng soup and it is not only delicious but ginseng has many health benefits!
Well it was another full day! We are seeing so much, and David I love to explore. This weekend away was supposed to be relaxing but there’s just so much we don’t want to miss! We have time to rest when we get back to Shenyang!
Happy December 1st from Seoul!