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Seoul

The first destination of our six week tour of Asia. I love Korea! If you've never tried Korean food before GO OUT AND GET SOME!!! Bolgolgi beef is my most favorite food in the whole entire world! It's fab tasty and smells soooooo good. BBQed at the table, it's so yummy... Maybe I'll go to New Malden tomorrow and get some for tea. (New Malden is basically Little Korea in England, it's fantastic! I love going there, there's a large super market behind by the motor way and a small one of the high street) We went all over Seoul, had two tours, one through the old sections of Seoul and a traditional Korean village, sort of like a theme park really, it had houses from all eras in Korean history.

Seoul
Then the second took us to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) zone. We went down into one of the tunnels that South Korea found, dug by the North Koreans. We also went up to a platform where you can see North Korea. In the middle is a massive wilderness that's filled with land mines so they say they'll leave it as a nature preserve after the country reunites. At the time they were very proud of a train station that they were hoping to open soon. We got a tour of the interior and a stamp in our pass ports, it was lovely. However, since then, they have had to postpone the opening of the railroad that would have gone through both Koreas. It's sad cause they were so happy about it.

Amethyst is the national stone and they have the hardest amethyst in the world.

Small rest area at a park
It's the second hardest gemstone. We ended up in what they called an amethyst Factory, so I sort of thought it would be looking at precious gems... Instead I walked into a vault where Jim and I were the only people and they had like 50 staff members... ten of whom waited on us, showing us tray after tray of jewelry. I have to admit, I love the stone... it's got a fleck of red in it rather than the plane purple you see in other places. I walked out with a ring... by the way, in the US amethyst isn't that much... um... yea. So, anyway... We also took a sunset boat ride on the Hann river, it was am amazing sunset, I loved it and took a million photos. We had an amazing time and I want to go back again and again and again! It was so much fun and there was so much to see.

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Small rest area at a park
Small rest area at a park
Seoul, traditional buildings set u…
Seoul, traditional buildings set …
Kimchi pots at a traditional Korea…
Kimchi pots at a traditional Kore…
Seoul tower from our hotel window
Seoul tower from our hotel window
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photo by: chiyeh