Day 3 began with a cold walk to the subway and a short ride to Gwanghwamun Square! This is basically just an open plaza in the city but it has the statues of King Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-sin right in the middle and it is also right outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace. So really, you will naturally walk through the plaza when wanting to visit the palace (and you really should visit the palace while touring Seoul).
And then we went into the Palace to peek around. OK, here is my advice about the Palace: PAY to get in to see the whole thing! I really had NO idea how much I was missing until I came back from it. We missed the prince and princess’ compound, the council hall, the king’s living quarters, the gardens, the pavilions…basically we missed all the cool stuff. grr. Look at this site before you go visit!!
So mostly we missed the rest of the palace because we were cold and G had already soaked through 2 layers of clothing and we were down to one outfit! Ack!Who is giving that child water?? So, we found a bathroom with a changing station (a rare thing), got him into dry clothing and headed back to the square to find lunch!
And then we headed back to the hotel for nap time (a MUST with a toddler) and took some pictures around the hotel grounds!
And finally, we headed back out to Itaewon for dinner with some of Adam’s coworkers from his previous job with ASACS. We went to a South African Pub called Braai Republic. The food was great and the atmosphere was laid back but the highlight for me was the Host (or owner, if you will). I didn’t catch his name, but he was amazing! I was the only mom in there with kids in tow and he made me feel comfortable, talking to me about his own kids, leaping up to get us new forks when we dropped ours and chatting with my two little dumplings. He even taught me how to properly eat my prawns!
And then the kids and I got ready for bed! Adam went back out to hang with his friends.
Next Up: Day 4 – Bukchon Village (my favorite day in Seoul)!