Fast trains, the metro and a palace with a UNESCO joint

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on the way to the palace, we passed by a movie theater with this statue of Gandalf (LotR) outside
I lounged in today since Jon and Christina both had to teach summer camp in the morning.  So in the afternoon, I got my first intro to the Suwon bus by taking it (with guidance from Christina and Mimi) to Suwon Station where we met Jon.  From there, Mimi helped us get onto the fast train to Seoul Station.  What, a fast train?  Why would we do that?  Sheer numbers- 40 minute journey on fast train, 90 minute journey on metro.  Air-conditioned with seats on fast train, air-conditioned and standing on metro.  And only 800won price difference (that's 65 cents in USD for you non-monetary-conversion types), I'd rather take the fast train, and I wasn't the only one.

So after a comfortable ride into Seoul, we took the metro (I, of course, first had to buy a ticket) to somewhere near the palace gate.
the building with doors
  After a nice walk (not too hot and the humidity wasn't oppressive), I took a few pictures of a building with a lot of doors on one side.  Mimi said it was a university, but I don't remember which one.  From there- the palace- Changgyeonggung.  The gate was all covered up with plastic, at least it had a picture on it showing you what's being covered up and therefore not visible.  A few pictures were taken inside the palace, one with me in it! :D  From there, Jongmyo. 

This is where I would bore you with information about Jongmyo and why it's on the UNESCO World Heritage site, but I'll spare you... this time.  I'll provide links for those with a curiousity as insatiable as mine.  Jongmyo from Wikipedia and UNESCO.
  Good, now that that's out of the way.

We walked around for a while, but there really wasn't much to see.  The buildings were different, but they were also all locked.  No way to see the tablets.  Bummer.  So we sat for a while and talked, but then we decided to head back into Suwon for some dinner.  And what was our dinner in Suwon?  Korean BBQ!

This link is my musing on why Korean BBQ and Chinese hot pot won't work in the US.  Please open this in a new window/tab in order to stay on my blog.

The BBQ was great!  Taste, as well as, me being able to play with food and it being perfectly acceptable.  The beer was okay, not quite as good as Qingdao, and definitely not as good as the beers from Prague and Bayern, but it was still better than American Budweiser.  From there, to McDonalds for ice cream (Chocolate oreo McFlurries which I can't get in Beijing and think is a travesty since we do have McDonalds), and for the finale- back to the apartment for another good night's sleep on the floor (and then the bed after 8am).
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on the way to the palace, we passe…
on the way to the palace, we pass…
the building with doors
the building with doors
a palace in a modern metropolis
a palace in a modern metropolis
painting inside part of the palace
painting inside part of the palace
now thats the size I want my coff…
now that's the size I want my cof…
a bird
a bird
the gate into Jongmyo
the gate into Jongmyo
my feet b/c I felt like it
my feet b/c I felt like it
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photo by: chiyeh