01.02.2011 - 03.02.2011 -5 °C
Prior to our departure to Thailand we spent a couple of days in Seoul and visited Bukchon which is in between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. What one is struck by here is in spite of being in the heart of modern Seoul with its skyscrapers it's a haven of peace and quiet and traditional Hanok architecture.
In one of the Hanoks we treated ourselves to some tea and savouries.
Traditional Hanok exteriors and interiors
We met our good friend Mr.Lee while in Seoul and we ate a delicious Hanjeongsik which
is a traditional banquet with twelve dishes which in the past was reserved solely for kings.
The penchant for eccentricity in Korea is never far away.
A museum with a collection of everything to do with owls!!????
It's very chic to have stuff written in French or Spanish or Italian in South Korea.
Human statues in traditional garb at a festival in Bukchon.
Bars, wine shops and quaint bistros, Korean-style.