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Wonderful Wanderings in Seoul, South Korea

Come with me, let's go on a little wander in Seoul, South Korea!
I think like me, you might be pleasantly surprised.

I loved the history (even if most of it is rebuilt), 

I loved the trend of dressing up in period clothes to visit the Royal Palaces
anyone wearing the traditional Hanbok costumes gets free entry into the historic sites, 
how about that for a good idea?

I loved the vibrant colours everywhere...

I found the city extremely modern, the transport network was impressive
at the people were surprisingly upbeat considering their neighbours.

 It was spring so that means candy floss and cherry blossom season. 
The weather was perfect!

Practically the first place we went to was the Jogyesa Temple, 
I mean how could you not be attracted to this colourful scene?

The Jogyesa Temple is the main temple in Seoul and the centre of Korean Buddhism. It was built in the late 14th century, but like most of Seoul was destroyed by fire during the Japanese occupation and rebuilt in 1910.

We were lucky that we were there as they were setting up for the annual lotus lantern festival, 11-13th May. The festival celebrates Buddhist birthday. You can buy a lantern and have a personal message, thought or prayer attached as these pink lanterns show.

The Lotus Lantern Festival looks great - one day I hope we can be there for this

The video clip of Lotus Lantern Festival:

We took a free tour of the Jogyesa temple and found some interesting things, like this Korean needlepoint. I would love to know what it all says, wouldn't you?

I have been busy on my new blog at with a Blogging from A to Z 2018 Challenge where I am posting almost every day on my life and travels in Thailand. I have set up this new blog so my blogging friends without Google + can comment, it is still a work in progress and so at the moment you can find me in both places!

I would love you to join me there as well, if you can!

  • G is for: Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • E is for: Emergency in Thailand? Ring 1155.
  • D is for: Driving in Bangkok: 8 things to consider
  • C is for: Culture Shock in Bangkok
  • B is for: Bangkok – City of Angels
  • A is for: Amazing Bangkok

  • Have a great week!

    Linking with thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound's:  Pink Saturday

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