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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #150 on: January 11, 2015, 08:22:48 AM »
We then headed back to Camp Bonifas, shopped for souvenirs such as pieces of the border fence, NK currency etc., boarded our tour busses and headed back to Seoul.

Back in the hotel, the front desk had a message for us that the manager felt so bad about our experience the night before in securing a suite. They offered us a complimentary city tour the following day for the inconvenience, which we gladly accepted.

As we love doing in Asian cities, we inquired about the shopping area and headed out. However, we had in mind more of an Asian market with crafts, souvenirs etc., but what we found were behemoth malls selling everything under the sunÖ.retail. No thanks. We walked around a bit but realized we were just wasting our time and headed back. Like most of the times we meet people of Asian descent, they go ga ga over Western children and they will crowd around and take pictures of/with them. Iím already quite used to this, but if itís your first time, you might find it to be a bit overwhelming, especially when they start touching them.



Thursday morning we got picked up by the tour company for our free city tour. The first stop was a Buddhist Temple in town but we sat that one out. We then rushed to the Gyeongbokgung Palace to catch a reenactment of an ancient changing of the guard. I have seen many changing of the guards around the world such as in London, Monaco, Athens, Copenhagen, Beijing and Prague at the top of my head, but this one was refreshingly different.





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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #152 on: January 11, 2015, 08:23:45 AM »




We then went to a museum of Korea which was somewhat interesting.



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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #153 on: January 11, 2015, 08:24:59 AM »
Afterwards, they took us to a jewelry shop specializing in amethyst. Amethyst seems to be quite popular there as many stores we encountered were selling it. I recognized the oldest tourist scam in the book and was sure the store would be a tourist rip-off with a cut getting kicked back to the tour company. I realized we were near a nice pedestrian area so we decided to end our tour at that point and wandered around the various shops where we bought local crafts as well as some amethyst jewelry at a fraction of the price of what we were just offered on the tour.



Street food


We then headed back to the Park Hyatt, checked out, and took a taxi to the airport where we passed a curiously familiar looking bridge. We flew ICN-LAX via HND on Asiana and ANA where we were to spend the Passover holiday.



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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #154 on: January 11, 2015, 08:42:08 AM »
Thanks for sharing! Really great and detailed TR! Odd to see the ugly bridge in Seoul too

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #155 on: January 11, 2015, 08:52:06 AM »
Thanks for sharing! Really great and detailed TR! Odd to see the ugly bridge in Seoul too
your welcome. i actually like the bridge of strings

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #156 on: January 11, 2015, 09:43:21 AM »
Didn't mean to judge ;-)

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #157 on: January 11, 2015, 09:48:09 AM »
Great TR. Thanks for sharing. Adding some destinations to my bucket list :)

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #158 on: January 11, 2015, 10:21:44 AM »
Thanks for sharing. Did you take the kids to the DMZ? Or was that solo?
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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #159 on: January 11, 2015, 10:46:20 AM »
Thanks for sharing. Did you take the kids to the DMZ? Or was that solo?
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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #160 on: January 11, 2015, 10:49:28 AM »
Great report! Tks.

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #161 on: January 11, 2015, 11:35:04 AM »
Wow, thanks @moish for the great TR! Great pictures and writing.

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #162 on: January 11, 2015, 11:48:04 AM »
glad to see people appreciate

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #163 on: January 11, 2015, 11:52:11 AM »
Great report. Sure is a different kind of changing of the guard.

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #164 on: January 11, 2015, 12:21:23 PM »
Great report!  Was wondering what the minimum number of days you think one can go to New Zealand for.  We will be in Australia in July but can only leave the kids for a couple of days.