3 Gyeongbokgung - Rebuilding started in 1865 but the expense nearly bankrupted the Korean government.
4 Gyeongbokgung - in the first half of the 20th century, the Japanese, once more destroyed it.
5 Gyeongbokgung - work is now progressing to restore the former glory, and will likely take decades.
6 View of Insadong Alley (before the stores opened) This is probably Seoul's most fascinating shopping area. According to our guidebook it has over 50 small art gallerice, pottery shops, antiques, calligraphy brushes, Buddhist items, etc.
7 Tranquility Changdeok Palace
10 Interior of the National Museum of Korea - it was opened in 2005 and contains over 150,000 exhibits. It is the largest museum in Asia.
11 National Museum of Korea
12 Buddha National Museum of Korea
13 Buddha National Museum of Korea
14 Ancient Exhibition National Museum of Korea
15 Buddha National Museum of Korea
16 Korean National Folk Museum - "There are trees everywhere. You don't need an umbrella".
17 Overturned pots for the making of Kimche - Korean National Folk Museum
18 Potential Kimche maker picking out just the right pot. Korean National Folk Museum
20 Cutaway showing the production of Kimche. Traditionally, Kimchi was made to preserve vegetables and ensure proper nutrition during the harsh winters, but it is now eaten year around.
21 A side dish of the spicy national food is served at nearly every Korean meal. It is generally made with pickled and fermented cabbage seasoned with garlic and red chili, but can be made from cucumbers, white radish, or other vegetables.
22 Korean National Folk Museum - Drying corn, etc.
23 Korean National Folk Museum - Artisan
24 Korean National Folk Museum -demonstrating weaving
25 Korean National Folk Museum
26 Korean National Folk Museum
27 Korean National Folk Museum
28 Korean National Folk Museum - Acrobat
29 Korean National Folk Museum - Acrobat
30 Korean National Folk Museum - Acrobat
31 Korean National Folk Museum - Korean wedding
32 Korean National Folk Museum - Acrobat
33 Korean National Folk Museum - Korean wedding
34 Korean National Folk Museum
36 Hwaseong Fortress
37 Hwaseong Fortress - This was built at the end of the 18th century
38 Hwaseong Fortress - It is considered an outstanding example of military architecture incorporating the most highly developed features of that science from both east and west.
39 Hwaseong Fortress - keeping the sun off.
41 Seokgrum Grotto
42 Seokgrum Grotto - The grotto is dug into a hillside. It contains a statue of Buddha facing east surrounded by other deities.
53 This is the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia.
56 Acording to our guide, a lot of people were committing suicide in this area. In an effort to staunch this practice, the Korean government had this statue made of a mother and her two children. Apparently it did have an affect. The suicide rate has gone down.
62 Jagalchi Fish Market
63 Jagalchi Fish Market - this is the largest fish market in Korea.
65 Jagalchi Fish Market - you can see just about every type of seafood you could possibly imagine, from giant octopuses to tiny molluscs.
66 Port city of Pusan.
69 Lynne, Steve, Glenda, Ron
71 We deserve a break today!
73 View of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
76 Korean guard standing at the truce line. The truce line actually goes the length of the table - down the center
77 Korean guard standing at the truce line. The truce line actually goes the length of the table - down the center
78 Glenda demonstrating proper military bearing.
79 Armistice line
80 South Korean guard
81 Truce village
82 North Korean guard tower.
83 Wide building is in North Korea. The building is quite long but is only about 10 feet deep!
84 North Korean soldier
86 South Korean guards.
89 Monument to an American soldier who was killed by North Koreans