On Monday, June 29th, Sung and I embarked on the trip of a lifetime that we lovingly christened “Hwangcoming”– our first homecoming to Korea together! Here we are waiting for our Uber to the airport!
Our main flight was 14 hours long from NYC to Incheon, South Korea. It was pretty rough, but we had great seats and endless entertainment.
We landed on July 1st at 4 am. I could not wait for a shower!
For the next few days, we hung out in Incheon with Mom and Joe, who were already there when we arrived.
On July 3rd, we headed into Seoul, the capital of Korea. One of the most interesting aspects of Seoul is that, within the city, preserved historic sites are juxtaposed to modern buildings, kind of like in Philadelphia. The difference is the old stuff is A LOT older and the new stuff is even more modern than in the US. It makes for quite a contrast.
Old city gate:
Views of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the famous statue of King Sejong, and a replicated changing of the guard:
Folk Art and Structures:
Another interesting place we went in Seoul was the Myeongdong shopping district. This picture doesn’t do it justice. It was quite overwhelming! It’s often referred to as “hyper-shopping”.
We had a great time exploring Seoul. Highlights include visiting the palaces and King Sejong’s museum, eating delicious shaved ice and learning how to navigate the busy streets of Myeongdong. By the end of the week, I was excited to finally meet Sung’s extended family, which I’ll write about next time.