Love Shack

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Palace - main courtyard

The best reasonably priced hotels in Seoul are probably best described as "love motels" and are aimed at young couples who still live with their parents.  The hotels are reasonably quiet and cheap during the week but demand and prices can easily double at the weekend.  It sounds a bit sleezy and our first room has some interesting features such as the glass window separating the bedroom from the bathroom, but the room is comfortable and well appointed.  After Uzbekistan where we needed to register at every hotel I also like the anonymity, there are no check in formalities at all, simply pay the money and they give you a key.

We are staying in Insa-Dong in central Seoul and this seems to be a good location.

Inside of palace
  The main sight we want to see here is the palace complex which is an easy 15 minute walk.   Anywhere else will also be easy to reach as we are at the junction of 3 metro lines - we just need to master the automated ticketing system.

Today at the palace there is a re-enactment of the civil service examination ceremony.  We tour the palace and the neighbouring folk museum and then watch the ceremony in the main courtyard until it finishes at 5pm.  It is a little unusual but the reconstruction is well done and it is a good way to begin to appreciate the strong history and culture of the Korean penisular.  I had previously thought of Korea as a satellite of China or Japan and had not really appreciated that Korea has a proud independent history and culture all of its own.

Though we had thought about visiting Korea before we are only really here because it was the most convenient connection heading east out of Uzbekistan.  Having booked a flight to Seoul we felt we should stay a week and try to see a little of the country and so far the idea seems a good one.

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Palace - main courtyard
Palace - main courtyard
Inside of palace
Inside of palace
Korean folk dancers
Korean folk dancers
Folk museum
Folk museum
Re-enactmanet of civil service exa…
Re-enactmanet of civil service ex…
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photo by: chiyeh