We wanted to make the most of our eleven hour layover in Seoul so we booked the free city tour through the airport! It was a ton of fun!! We made friends with this amazing Indian guy (who everyone hands down thought was super attractive. Even older Korean men had come up to him to tell him he was handsome) who is a computer engineer from San Diego. This cute Asian girl from Sydney kept trying to get his Facebook information, it was precious. He had decided to travel in flip flops and shorts, not realizing he was going to do the tour of Seoul where it was 28 degrees outside. The tour provided jackets to those unprepared travelers so only his feet froze!
It was cold!! Crazy cold!!! No one wanted to get off the bus once we reached the palace. But the tour guide yelled at us to wake up and get off the bus. So we all got off and visited Gyeongbok Palace, this was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty.
Everyone piled onto the bus while I went to watch the changing of the guard. Then I ran to catch the bus before it departed. Our next stop was a Buddhist Temple. With a lovely Christmas display out front. I met a lovely Korean Family dressed for Sunday Service and asked to take a photo. Which spiraled into them asking us. Then others asking them. It was all a lot of fun!
Then we piled back onto the bus. Where the group was going to lunch and shop for an hour. Sierra and I decided to make a break for it and venture out on our own for another 4 hours. We had street food, looked at shops, got free shirts and a backpack for posting photos on Facebook, and had a nice day out in Seoul. We then took the metro to the train station where we took the airport train back. Just in time to get through immigration, exchange my money back into dollars, and catch our flight home. To relive December 20 all over again the next day!