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SEOUL KOREA TRAVEL BLOG :: IN MY SEOUL

April 17, 2015
Seoul Korea Travel blog

My husband, the girls and I escaped to my family’s homeland of Seoul, Korea earlier this month.  We met up with my mom as well as my sister and her boys who left from their home in the Bay Area a few days earlier.  Spring was in full effect, with cherry blossoms everywhere coloring the air.  We visited and paid respect to our family (in homes, hospitals, cemeteries), devoured authentic and tasty cuisine, visited palaces, historical sites — and fun and fashion forward shopping districts. Here are some photos if you’d like to take a gander (in chronological order of our visit) of my Seoul Korea travel blog.


LAX (LOS ANGELES) ———-> INCHEON AIRPORT (SEOUL, KOREA)


 Our first stop was the Deoksugung Palace, a walled compound where royalty lived until the turn of the 20th century.  Remarkable architecture and vivid colors.

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Deoksugung Palace

SEOUL KOREA TRAVEL BLOG

Deoksugung Palace

 

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Deoksugung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung was the core of the autocratic ruling of the Joseon period.  Important matters were conducted here; foreign envoys received.  The head of state assembled his court.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace | a tourist with a selfie stick. they were all the rage.

 

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Warm chestnuts being roasted outside the palace gates.

Next stop… 

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cousins | National Folk Museum of Korea

cousins | National Folk Museum of Korea

I saw this photo on the grounds.  Evidently, Hepburn is Korean.

The National Folk Museum of Korea | Audrey Hepburn

The National Folk Museum of Korea | Audrey Hepburn

My incredible cousins Seoung Yun Unknee and Grace put us up at the breathtaking Banyan Resort and Spa in the heart of  Seoul at Mt. Namsan.  We had our very own mineral salt relaxation pool in the entrance of our hotel room.

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Our relaxation pool in the Banyan tree hotel room.

 

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Morning view from the hotel room.

 

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One of two of the hotel’s stone steam bath showers.  Baby not included.

 Insadong

home to a plethora of modern galleries, tea shops and handmade clothing boutiques

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Beautiful clothing store in Insadong. All items handmade.

 

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Tea shop in Insadong.

 

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Another teashop in Insadong.

In addition to all the beautiful shops selling handmade traditional hankboks (Korean dresses) and jewelry, there were eateries on the sidewalk.  And dessert stops.  Like this one.

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Just 2 ingredients: honey and malt.

It becomes this. Soft, heavenly, sweet, flaky goodness.

It becomes this. Soft, heavenly, sweet, flaky goodness.

My sister, hub and I got a kick out of the adorable school kids.  They were straight out of a Tarantino movie.  I think they were onto us as we were snapping away. 

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SEOUL KOREA TRAVEL BLOG

And of course, the food was unbelievable.  Clean, fresh, pure and so flavorful.

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Lunch at the Banyan Tree | dolsot bimbimbap

Panchan (Korean side dishes) at our lunch at the Banyan Tree

Panchan (Korean side dishes)

 

L’atelier is an uber hip and trendy restaurant with tasty foods and the most gorgeously dressed clientele.  Although French in name, the menu hosted foods of the Italian based.  Pastas, risotto, incredible desserts.

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L’aetelier

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View of the Han River from our cab

 

 

Neorun Madang (Roast Duck House) Restaurant | photo by Regina Sir

Neorun Madang (Roast Duck House) Restaurant | photo by Regina Sir

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Neorun Madang (Roast Duck House) Restaurant (view from the back)

 

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Korean Kimchi Jars located in the back of the restaurant.

 

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Lost in Seoul | The American husband shopping in Namdaemoon

This is a Tree of Love located at the N. Seoul Tower.   

Visitors were encouraged to leave a message on a padlock for everlasting love.

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N. Seoul Tower Tree

 

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Seoul at night. Taken from the Seoul Tower.


And then we came home.  

INCHEON AIRPORT (SEOUL, KOREA)———-> LAX (LOS ANGELES) 

As much as I love traveling and my family’s home country of Korea…… #ILOVELA

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++  That’s it of my Seoul, Korea travel blog.  Thanks for reading!



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    How wonderful for you all! Now you must write a post about surviving long flights and jet lag for toddlers. This is what scares me about visiting the Philippines in addition to what Jack will eat while there.

    • ELAINESIR April 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      totally! i’ve been keeping notes on that. not sure it’s stuff that will work for everyone, but i will post OUR experience. when are you guys going?

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