Back home (Canada home), today would be a big deal. Cleaning the house, preparing a 10 course meal, putting up decorations, and generally getting stuff ready for the new years....This year was kinda sorta, not really the same.
Before the celebrations even happened, the Canadians headed off to the Seoul Fortress Wall. Getting there was easy, but once we were actually in the vicinity and trying to get in and navigate inside the fortress... that was something else.
|Diana, Sigrid, and Kristie on the subway. Unprepared of what awaits us.|
|first trip on the bus!|
So basically, you check in to Sukjeongmun (main gate) and you can walk around the whole fortress which will take you the whole day. Literally. We ended up walking from Sukjeongmun (main one) to Changuimun gates which took as about 1 and a half hours to walk 2 kilometres, one way. 2 kilometres is not that much, but it was so much more intense because of the stairs. We had to check back in the main point by 5pm, so we had to turn back early. All together, we walked for about 3 hours and climbed approximately 4028 stairs today at the fortress alone. What a workout.
|Off the bus and trying to find the main gates|
I had no idea what this was but here are my numbers! (i'm gonna try to figure it out later....)
|In Korea, you can't hug trees or you'll start a fire.|
|a view of Seoul from above|
|Diana looking all happy!|
|Catherine enjoying the view|
|Mt. Bugaksun in the background|
There are random outdoor parks of exercise equipment that is free for anyone to use.
|4028 later and still going strong!|
(Photo Cred: Cat)
|Cheonggyecheon River... It's prettier in the summer.|
On our way home, we made a stop of Lotte Mart to do some shopping. Yes, Lotte has started to become an end of the day tradition.
|The electronics department is called "Digital Park" in Korea.|
Korean celebrity endorsements are so big in Korea. Faces of famous popstars are everywhere!
|Big Bang on the subway to Lotte Mart|
|Big Bang on juice in Lotte Mart|
|Secret Garden guy on tea that Lotte Mart|
Before heading to their dorm, some of us went to a restaurant where the drama Secret Garden was filmed in!
|Boys Over Flowers was filmed here as well?|
|gogi (means meat) for the meatatarians|
|Naengmyeon for the vegetarian|
|cooking the meat|
|Catherine eating veggies! = O|
bulgogi + naengyeon = 8300 per person
And finally, we celebrate the New Years with the Chinese people!
|Look at all that food!|
|April and her Chinese decoration|
|April, Matt, Lewis, and Ziru|
|The Chinese people and Lewis|
|Oh my gosh! Korean monkey! oh wait, it's just Matt.|
|Yay Australian monkey!|
Ya, we moved from the room to the hallway....
|kai, bi bo (Korean rock paper scissors)|
|Oh hey! It's Pam and Tanya who have come out of their dorms..but went back in.|
(But Crisitan stayed!)
|Hand of cards|
Annnnnnd as the clock was at 11:55, we all returned back to our dorms by curfew (11:59pm)