Today was sadly our last full day in South Korea, but still very memorable nonetheless. While we originally were going to have a lot of free time on our own today, we ended up spending most of the day on an organized city bus tour that we would have otherwise done on our first day in Korea if our flight had not been delayed. One of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Seoul, the palace was once home to the Kings of the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea hundreds of years ago. We then did some final souvenir shopping and ate lunch in the Insadong district of Seoul, which is famous for its very long shopping street. Our final destination for the day was Namsan Tower, which sits on a mountain in the middle of Seoul and offers an incredible 360 degree view of the city and the mountains that surround it. We then went back to the guesthouse, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and started preparing our luggage for our flight home tomorrow.
As for further updates, I will try to get in one last post showing the events of tomorrow morning was we check out of our guesthouse and drive back over to Incheon International Airport for our flight back to the States. However, since free wi-fi is limited in Korea if you do not have a coverage plan, there is a chance that I will not be able to get anything further out and this would be my last post. If that is the case, thanks so much for following us in our incredible adventure in Korea! We have all made so many great memories on this trip, and we look forward to returning to the U.S. to share it all personally. As of right now, our flight is scheduled to arrive in Detroit around noon tomorrow with some of us exiting the airport there to go home and some going on another separate flight directly to Grand Rapids. We will see you all tomorrow!
In the bus on our way to Gyeongbokgung palace
A traditional changing of the guard ceremony
A few pictures from the inside of the palace
A room where the King would sit
Insadong shopping street
A final group lunch
Looking down onto the city
A few views of Seoul from the observation deck of Namsan tower
Group photo with our friend in the middle
Our final group dinner. I apologize for the blurriness
Lance putting some toppings on his frozen yogurt at a “froyo” parlor we visited for dessert