The Joseon Dynasty is brought back to life in Korean Folk Village, A recreation of a typical Joseon period village on a 243 acre site. This village was built in an appropriate place according to feng shui, with the river flowing in front of it and mountain behind it. There are 260 traditional Korean houses that represent different regions of Korea, they also have exhibits how people use to live back in those days.
They also had shows, there was a 80 year old man (that what they claimed) and 3 horse riders doing all sort of crazy acrobatics.
I was lucky enough to see a traditional Korean wedding:
I played some games:
And my friend and I made some wishes:
I visited the Gyeongbokgung Palace during winter, well, now that it's summer we decided to hike around the palace. Previously, Mt. Bugaksan, the mountain behind the palace was not open to public due to military vulnerability (someone could attack from there), but now, tourist and locals can go. The heavily guarded trail was not for the unfit, furthermore, the weather was hot and humid. At some view-points along the trail it was not allowed to take pictures of the view, if a guard sees you taking a pic, he will follow you and ask you to delete it in front of him, I had to delete some.
The Seoul City Wall links several mountains and has a total length of 18.2Km. Most of this wall was built in 49 days in January and February 1396. 118,000 people from all over the country were brought. This wall is intended to defend capital that King Taejo built. 872 people died building the Wall.
Seoul was too good to not go back! So, here I am. I took a long weekend off work to visit my wonderful Korean friends in Seoul. I was first welcomed by my friend's dog, she didn't forget our love/hate relationship.
I think I'm starting to understand Seoul's buss system, it just looks a little scary at the begging... anyways, most of the time I was accompanied by my awesome friends so I didn't really need to worry too much.
Well, I finally found my friend and we went to her University, Yonsei University, one of Korea's oldest. Beautiful campus with sober gardens:
She wanted to show me a club she is in: Korean Calligraphy. She showed me step by step, from the preparation of the "Ink" (which is not really ink) to the brush she likes to use the most. The pictures below show different characters, some are older (kind of look like hieroglyphs to me).
We found a place in front of a vertical parting lot. Ironically, we ended up eating Japanese food!