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Crazy Fans

I took this very short video at the COEX mall in Seoul. Some Korean boy band was there signing autographs, and the fans were going mental. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

We went to see Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was interesting. The palace itself it beautiful. I found it looked very similar to Japanese temples, except bigger and tons more buildings. Aside from that the grounds were huge, which only emphasized the emptiness of the place. Aside from the changing of the guard ceremony there seemed to be no other people in period costumes anywhere.   Also most of the artifacts were housed in museums so the real palace buildings were mostly empty. Anyways here’s some pics of the grounds.

Below is some pics of the changing of the guards and a short movie of part of it. Pardon my shaky hands and completely un-smooth zooming.

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Korea

Yesterday I just got back from a four-day holiday in Seoul, Korea. It was pretty fun, but also extremely tiring. Seoul is a super busy place, packed to bursting with people. Kind of like Tokyo, but even more amped up.

Above are a couple of pictures of Myeongdong. One of the most popular shopping districts. This was actually when the area was quiet. A couple of hours later it was wall to wall people. My favourite part of Seoul was the food. Not just the Korean food, but all the choices. It makes Japan look terrible in comparison. Any given area of town offered a variety of international food choices. Especially in Itaewon it was like stepping into a different country. I even saw a Tacobell (which will sadly probably never appear in Japan. The Mexican food situation in Japan is dire to say the least. Every place I’ve tried has bordered on awful).

We went to a food market one day and we had some really cheap and extremely delicious chijimi and bibimbap.

I also saw Lotteria, which is a very popular chain in Japan. It actually originates in Korea. Lotte, the company that owns it is one of the biggest companies in Korea.

I have a few more photos on the way of Gyeongbokgung Palace, so come again to check them out.

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