Day 16. The Korean National Maritime Museum, Busan

We woke to the sound of heavy rain beating on the bedroom windows so it was fortunate that we still had one museum we wished to visit during our stay in Busan.  After a breakfast of dumplings, eggs, fruit and yogurt we set off for the nearby Seomyeon metro station with our umbrellas at the …

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Day 13. Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea

Opening our curtains we were greeted with clear blue skies for our first full day in Busan.  Leaving our room for breakfast it seemed strange taking the lift upwards as the hotel's restaurant is on the top (13th) floor alongside the reception area. Stepping inside, the breakfast area was very attractive with large, sliding glass …

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Day 12. Leaving Seoul and taking the Korail train to Busan

It was hard to believe that our stay in Seoul had come to an end.  There were so many interesting places to visit that our days sped by all too quickly. We enjoyed one last breakfast in the Holiday Inn Express Euljiro which had been an excellent choice for our stay in Seoul. Well equipped …

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Day 7. Contrasts of Seoul: Gangnam, Temples, Samsung, Taekwondo & the National Assembly

After a delicious hotel breakfast we returned to our room and turned on the television to watch live history being made when the leaders of both North and South Korea met at the DMZ.  By 9.45 a.m. we had finished viewing and were ready to take the metro to Samseong in the Gangnam district of …

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Day 6. Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Royal Guard Change, Seoul

It was another warm, sunny morning so after breakfast we took the metro to Gyeongbokgung station so that we could visit Gyeongbokgung Palace.  As we had purchased a book of tickets the previous day covering all of Seoul's palaces we did not need to visit the ticket office. We had arrived at 9.20 a.m. in …

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Day 5. Seodaemun Prison and Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

We woke to clear blue skies so after our hotel breakfast we took the metro to the Seodaemun Prison History Hall near the Dongnimmun metro station, exit 5.  After leaving the station it was just a short walk through Independence Park to the museum entrance, admission is 3,000 Won (£2.00). This former prison stands as …

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Day 4. A visit to Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces, Seoul

We opened the curtains to clear blue skies and sun pouring into our room which was such a contrast from the previous two days.  After enjoying a leisurely hotel breakfast we took the metro to Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 3 so that we could visit the two royal palaces located near there. Soon we …

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Day 3. Learning about Korean history in Seoul

We woke to the sound of heavy rain beating against the windows and on checking the forecast it seemed to be set in for the day.  Breakfast was again tasty with some different hot dishes from the previous morning.  I spotted some cream of mushroom soup which isn't something I would usually have for breakfast …

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Day 2. Visiting the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

We slept really well in our comfortable bed, waking early at 6.30 a.m. due to the time change. Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express Euljiro was served in the basement and we found a varied selection of hot and cold dishes to suit all tastes.  Most diners were wearing smart business suits, appearing very formal …

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Day 1. The start of our South Korean adventure

The morning had arrived for the start of another Asian adventure and I felt very excited as I boarded my Virgin East Coast train to London King's Cross Station.  Our flight was from London Gatwick airport which is easily accessible from St. Pancras as it is located next door to King's Cross station.  I travelled …

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