Went on a guided tour around Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) and Insadong (인사동) with some locals. The tour was completely free and the guides were practicing English. There seem to be a couple of Korean groups offering these tours, so definitely check them out if you get the opportunity!
Our first stop was Sejongro (세종로) where they had some sort of memorial camp for the Sewol ferry victims in front of the Lee Soon Shin (이순신) Statue.
Beyond the memorial was some sort of charity event. Basically you can participate by walking a course laden with rocks. I think it’s supposed to be therapeutic for your feet.
In the middle of the road is a gigantic statue of King Sejong. There are also some items that he purportedly invented.
Gyeongbokgung Palace (경북궁)
After walking along Sejongro, we went into Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁). We didn’t get to explore too much of the palace, but we went to the main areas.
Our last stop, we ate around Insadong. We went to a traditional tea house and ate dinner at Saemaeul Restaurant (새마을식당) where they had delicious samgyeopsal (삼겹살). I will post more details about these food places in future blogs!
It was a very tiring, but eventful day. I highly recommend it if you want to meet some Koreans interested in English and foreigners, or if you want to learn more about Korea!