Seoul Day 4-5: Bukchon Hanok Village and the trip home

Day 4 began wonderfully with our coffee and donuts in the hotel room while we bundled for the cold.

(This trip reminded me why I LOVE living on a subtropical island, by the way); it takes a REALLY long time to go anywhere when its cold!

It take me too long getting two kids out the door in normal weather!! Someone’s lost a shoe, or refuses to wear a coat or forgot to go to the bathroom, or starts throwing socks or suddenly has an incredibly stinky diaper…And that’s NOT when I have to layer them and include ridiculous accessories like hats and gloves!! Hats off to those moms who do it in cold weather

Look at this little bundle boy!
Look at this little bundle boy!

Anywho, we spent the morning touring the historic Bukchon Village.  Bukchon is a neighborhood in the northern part of Seoul made up of traditional homes called “hanoks.”  It is still mainly residential but there are tons of little shops and tea houses in the nooks and crannies!  I would’ve stayed MUCH longer because it was adorable!

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Bundling up and getting snacks!
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E found snow on the ground!
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Just charming!
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Adam kept pointing out cool looking alleys and things to photograph! He knows I love allies!!

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These signs were all over.
These signs were all over because Bukchon is still a neighborhood, after all!

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Bukchon Village now has many cultural shops and craft centers, tea houses, guest houses and restaurants.
Bukchon Village now has many cultural shops and craft centers, tea houses, guest houses, restaurants and museums.
ahhh, allies...
ahhh, allies…
Snow!
Snow!

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so cold
And then we started to really notice the cold…
And then our blood sugar got low...
And our blood sugar started to get low…
And we got a little silly...
And we got a little cranky…
And we were tired of taking pictures...
And we were tired of taking pictures…
And we were flat out ready to eat or doing ANYTHING other than walk through a cute little village.
And we were flat out ready to eat or doing ANYTHING other than walk through a cute little village.
So we stopped for some octopus on a stick!!
So we stopped for some octopus on a stick!!

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And we liked it!!
We stopped to take a couple of pictures...
We stopped to take a couple of pictures…
And of course, got stopped by the paparazzi.
And of course, got stopped by the paparazzi.
Which took about 15 minutes to clear...
Which took about 15 minutes to clear…
but we strangely put on smiles for these pictures...hmmmm
but strangely, we put on smiles for these pictures…hmmmm

We then had a simple sandwich lunch with hot drinks at a coffee shop, tried some street shopping in Insadong but soon discovered Little G was asleep in his stroller and E was tired of walking in the cold.  After a bit of indecisiveness, we headed back to the hotel.

Day 5:  This was the LONGEST day!  The shuttle to the airport left in the early morning, and the flight didn’t leave until late afternoon.  So we spent like 7 hours in the Incheon International Airport.  Which sounds absolutely horrible…but actually, it was kinda fun!

They have great food at the Incheon Airport, some cool crafts you can do with kids (that are absolutely free), museums and shopping!

And then, we stumbled upon THIS:

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It’s a giant wall and floor of screens that show different parts of Seoul in the changing seasons.  And the cool thing??  The floor screens are TOUCH SCREENS!!!

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The water would ripple when you stepped, leaves or snow would fly away depending on where you were, sometimes it was light from the city or paint from a watercolor following where you stepped.

IMG_8366HOURS (I kid you not, THREE hours) of entertainment right here on the SECOND floor (before security) of the Incheon International Airport!IMG_8312 IMG_8364

This was just delightful to watch.  So much joy shared with total strangers.

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E was right at home here, dancing with abandon. There was even a garden scene where pixie dust would follow your feet down the stone pathway. She was in heaven!

I had to DRAG both of them away for lunch.

And after security, there is a TON of shopping (mostly duty free, high end stuff that we don’t ever look at) and then THIS happened!

Everyone separated as this procession went through the airport. It was charming! We told E it was a queen and king right there in the airport! She was ecstatic!
Everyone separated as this procession went through the airport. It was charming! We told E it was a queen and king right there in the airport! She was ecstatic!
There was music following them and they walked slowly and waved at our kids.
There was music following them and they walked slowly and waved at our kids.
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Look this traditional hanbok! Gorgeous!

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Such color!

And after finding our Gate and waiting for another hour…

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We took the 3 hour flight back to sunny Okinawa!

Seoul was a hoot and I wish I could see it again when it wasn’t quite so chilly!  But, there are SO many more places to see, here in Asia.  IMG_8406

And I’m looking forward to another adventure with my travel buddies!

‘Til next time!

Happy Travels!

e

 

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