Monday, June 30, 2014
I haven't put many pictures up as I am not traveling with a computer and therefore cannot get most of the photos out onto the interwebs. They are trapped in the digital vault that is my camera. Don't worry, I will update all of the posts with photos once I get access to them, probably in a little over a week. Until then, use your imagination...
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Ok, not really Holy Palaces, just a few fit for a King. But there is some amazing architecture and history right in the middle of Seoul.
First thing first, Mike Sobolak and I were reunited today after a 2-year hiatus. All day today was leading up to that moment. Seoul, you've been warned. More on that later...
Today was our last day in Seoul.
It was kind of a lazy Sunday. After we were up and checked out of the hostel, we went to the I am still looking for that shirt that has the Chicago Bears logo on it with 'Baltimore Red Wings' written under it.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Today was the first full day of 'Mike and Chris take over Seoul' and boy, it was a successful one. The Day off with coffee, toast and eggs before we headed out.
Our first stop was the Jongmyo Shrine. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was constructed in 1394 and is considered to be the oldest royal Confucian Shrine. When it was built in 1394, it was the longest building in Asia. When a King or Queen died, a memorial tablet is placed inside a plain hall. This hall serves as a resting place the deceased person's soul. There are elaborate rituals that must happen each time a tablet was placed inside a hall. Traditionally, there would be three years between the death and the placement of the tablet inside the hall. The original shrine had 7 rooms and was eventually expanded to 19 as more Kings reigned over Korea. During the 7 Years War, the Japanese invaders burned most of the shrine down. The memorial tablets were saved by placing them in a commoners house and they were retrieved after the war and placed back into the repaired shrine.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Once I got back from the DMZ, I changed and headed out for Namsan Park. I had passed it my first night there and heard from a few peoe that the view there was amazing. Those people were not wrong.