Summer in Korea (Part 3)

This week started with a trip to Coex Mall, although much of it was still under construction.

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The mall was huge. There was a giant movie theater there and also an aquarium, which the little kids were super excited about.

Tuesday, we went to LotteWorld at night. I got to revisit the ride that traumatized me in middle school: Sindbad.

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LotteWorld!
LotteWorld!

For only 3 hours at LotteWorld, we managed to go on a lot of rides. Last time we were here, we failed to go on Atlantis twice, both times because it was raining and the ride was shut down. Sadly, this time, the stand by time was 60 minutes, so we decided to try again another time.

Flume log ride
Flume log ride
On the flume ride! Got soaked
On the flume ride! Got soaked
Front seat on Pharoah's Fury
Front seat on Pharoah’s Fury

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Alone on the Jungle Adventure water ride...
Alone on the Jungle Adventure water ride…
3D ghost movie ride
3D ghost movie ride
The English is so great!
The English is so great!
Waiting for the ghost movie to start
Waiting for the ghost movie to start
Bungee Drop!
Bungee Drop!
Lotte Castle
Lotte Castle

Also found this at LotteWorld:

Yay for family-style bathrooms
Yay for family-style bathrooms

On Wednesday, I got a massage for the first time in my life, had great food, and went to the batting cages.

IMG_3378IMG_3382IMG_3400Then on Friday, we went on a nighttime city tour on a double-decker bus.

photo 5photo 1photo 3photo 4photo 2Having a great time here so far and I’m sure there will be many more fun adventures to come.

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Summer in Korea (Part 2)

Friday June 20 now. We’ve done so much since the beginning of the week. Watching the Korean soccer team play was exciting. The national pride here is intense. Everyone figured out a way to watch the game during their morning commutes to work. Every play was met with screams. It was great.

Today we went to Namsan (cable car up, hiking down) where there were lots of tourists from all over the world. Here’s the view of the city, shrouded in fog, from the top:

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Various other pictures from Namsan:

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So many locks…

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Afterwards, we went to a Korean BBQ place where you eat standing up over a grill. Best I’ve ever had. Then dessert, of course.

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So much good food here. Tried the pizza in Korea. Not bad.

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Summer in Korea (Part 1)

It’s Monday June 16 here in Korea right now. I’ve been here for 4 days now, but it feels like I’ve been here for a month already. After a 12-hour plane ride from San Francisco to Incheon (I watched so many movies), we were greeted with rain.

ImageThe ride into Seoul made me realize how much has changed here since I last visited, exactly 9 years ago. I was so excited to explore the city.

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The first night was spent moving all our luggage into our place. Hell ensued when we found blood on the sheets… Don’t even want to get into that… Immediately moved into another place and stayed up until 5 AM cleaning. Found a 24-hour restaurant and has potato skin potstickers (delicious). And it was only $3 for 10!

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Since then, we’ve visited my grandmother, explored the Gangnam area, and had lots of delicious food. The best part about Korea is all the great snacks. The weather isn’t as bad as I expected–not yet at least. The humidity is disgusting but there is still a lot of wind.

Been waking up at weird hours–still getting used to the time difference. Also, the subway station plays music when the train is approaching, much to Angela’s surprise.

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 Pictures from lunch:

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 All different kinds of Peppero:

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Stay tuned for Part 2!