My parents were here for four days last week on their way home from Thailand. We didn’t do a whole lot of sightseeing because I was busy prepping for my CFP exam, which is next week. But we did take a half-day tour of a few sights in Seoul. We were picked up outside the Dragon Hill Lodge gate and, after picking up a few other guests, went to the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple first. It was a beautiful little area surrounded by the bustle of the city and tall buildings. Our guide, Cindy, told us that Korea is about 25% Buddhist, 25% Christian, and 50% Freethinker (atheist).
Next, we headed to Gyeongbokgung Palace for the changing of the guard ceremony, which Domingos and I saw last October. Still, it was nice to see it again on a cold day when the crowds were much sparser. Cindy gave us a quick overview of the palace and we saw a few more buildings than Domingos and I did on our first visit.
We left from the rear of the palace complex, which faces the presidential Blue House.
We walked on further to Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a museum dedicated to Korea’s presidents, and then we finished up at a ginseng center, which was mildly interesting despite the hard sell on products.
Overall, it was a good tour and a nice way for my parents to see a little more of Seoul. I hope they’ll visit someday when the weather is nicer!