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Sunday, April 26, 2009

But Then It Rained...


With such a short stay in Seoul, I knew I wouldn't have time to do much exploration. But on my last day, some meetings went quite well and fast my late afternoon schedule suddenly got cleared. I checked where I could go and decided to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace which is right at the heart of the city (I would have wanted to go to the Demilitarized Zone but I should have made arrangements the day before).

I was just starting to enjoy the taste of Old Korea when killjoy rain poured. Good thing the Korea Folk Museum was just nearby, so I still had some edutainment while waiting for the downpour to stop. It didn't. I took a cab to Namdaemun Market, one of the biggest markets I've ever seen, but it was raining so hard that going thru buildings and stalls became a burden. And besides, the stuff I wanted to buy were nowhere to be found.


So I decided to rest. But not easily though. I tried flagging a taxi for more than an hour without success. The drivers would not take me to the Itaewon area (reminds you of Manila drivers, eh?). So I went down the Metro, asked for directions (yup, more English speakers here than in Tokyo) and got back for a few Cass (beer) bottles before I called it a day.


Korean schoolboys on tour

... and more pics ...

31 comments:

Turismoboi said...

nagutom naman ako dun sa korean school boys lolz!

Lawstude said...

galing na talaga ng panyero ko. i like the first shot the most. makulay ang buhay.

r-yo said...

he he. minors....

r-yo said...

lawstude: he he. sayang nga e, di nadala DLSR.

madbong said...

bro, yang mga pics mo nagbring back ng memories sa akin sa seoul. Ang dami naming nashopping diyan sa namdaemun saka sa itaewon sa katunayan yung mga kasama ko e nagextend pa ng 2 araw para masulit ang shopping. nung time kasi na nagpunta kami ay end of summer season kaya ang daming sale.

ANNA-LYS said...

""When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back."


- Paulo Coelho"
Thank You for Your visit in Sweden :-D
I found the above quote in Your sidebar, and I thought - here is a brother ;-)

Lovely post, both words and photos!
Not many people are acquaintant with the concept of "Edutainment", are You a researcher, an edutainer ;-) or a software designer?

Longing for the island life, I presume!

Asian Traveler said...

Korea is one of my wish list destinations. Just looking at your photos makes me want to go to Korea now. :)

By the way, please change my site from Asian Traveler to An Asian Traveler. I lost my custom domain. I have now my new web address http://www.anasiantraveler.com . I’m still in the process of modifying my blog. Thank you.

aajao said...

maganda ba talaga sa Korea, attorney? kase pansin ko yung mga koreano na nandito sa Pinas mukhang enjoy na enjoy dito eh. eh dyan kaya mag-eenjoy din ang tao?

Tami said...

ang kulit ng 2 Korean schoolboys... nagpa-cute pa talaga =D

Crisiboy said...

just dropped by to say hi!...exchange links???

the donG said...

beautiful! kahit maulan sarap pa rin magshoot dahil medyo foggy ang dating.

r-yo said...

madbong: sale din sana ngayon pero mga winter clothes he he. ayoko ng mag-ipon ng panlamig.

r-yo said...

ANNA-lys: sister, hehehe. thanks for the visit. software designer? am a lawyer. hehehe

r-yo said...

Tami: ang kukulit nga e. kaya ko yan na pictyuran e sigaw ng sigaw ng hello! :-)

r-yo said...

crisiboy: thanks for dropping by. exlinks for sure.

r-yo said...

dong: maraming salamat po.

Crisiboy said...

added u na rin bro..tnx

Rico said...

And here I thought picky taxi drivers only exist in Manila. I guess they picked up the trend?!

r-yo said...

rico: oo nga e. Nabigla ako na biglang nagbubukas muna ng bintana ang driver sabay tanong kung saan pupunta. nag-seminar yata ang mga yun sa pinas heheheh.

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

hi here!
saw your comment on anna-lys and thought, perhaps this might interest you:
http://ahealthierwayofliving.blogspot.com/2009/02/is-your-honor-more-important-than-your.html

greetings from scandinavia, Sarah sofia

Musicero said...

Kinda reminds me of Hong Kong, except that Korea seems a lot less "compressed." :D

backpacking philippines said...

koreans...lots of them learning engish here...mura na airfare going there someday punta ako dyan :P

ian said...

so... kunwari mayroon lang akong isang weekend to spend in either city, which is more interesting: tokyo or seoul? =]

Tami said...

hahah tawag attensyon pala sila e =D

carlotta said...

really nice scenery! ganda pa rin ng fotos kahit umuulan :)

hehe at may mga boyz pa na nagpacute sa picture :D

bomzz said...

Sir... naparito lang ako't papasalamat sa dalaw at comment mo..sa aking tambayan...

ingatss sa byahe......

sexymoi said...

i love the first pic... so colorful... parang sarap higaan nung flowers? haha

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