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The start of my week in Seoul!

Good evening everyone,

Let me begin by telling you how my morning went. We began the day by heading to the famous Namdaemun Gate (Great South Gate). It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Korea(1) and it is located near downtown Seoul amidst the traffic. The Namdaemun Gate is one of the four main gates of the old city wall.(2) It was completed in 1398, and then it went under a major restoration in 1447 and again in 1997.

  • PICTURE of Namdaemun Gate

Picture taken from flickr.com by: SuzÿQuzÿ

Nearby you can find the Namdaemun Market, which is one of the largest and the most popular market in Korea.(1) Their was so much people all gathered in one spot that I was very overwhelmed with the amount of goods being sold at such a reasonable price. I bought a few
[*]cute shirts, some pottery with great art, sunglasses and a few art supplies.[*]
There were so many items to see and buy that we spent half the day just looking through them.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

For your information: $1.00=is about 743 Korean Won

As for souvenirs, I found a cute bag with the traditional embroidery work and jewelry. They were SUPER cute and I just had to have them. Check them out:

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

Later on the evening, we headed over to the traditional Lotus Lantern Festival. It is celebrating the birth of Buddha which began back to the Three Kingdoms Period (57BC – AD676). The festival first started when Buddhism was the state religion during the Goryeo Dynasty (918 -1392) and to celebrate, colorful lanterns were strung and festivities were held across the country from palaces to small villages.

We visited the Exhibiton of Traditional Lanterns and this is where all religions around the world will enjoy seeing the display of lanterns made with hannji. It is free of charge and is open from April 29 to May 5 for two hours. It is held at Bongeunsa Temple.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

At night, Seoul City Hall Plaza will be decorated with a large light symbolizing the birth of Buddha on April 18 before the official lotus lamp lighting ceremony. Here we saw the beautiful lotus lights and luckily, we were at Seoul during this time.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

That's all for today goodnight!

Posted by korea1 16:50

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