Sunday, January 13, 2008
Korea Vacation: Day Three
The third day started out with a trip to the Gyeongbokgung Palace where we took an English tour. Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main and largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty and is the largest palace you can visit in Seoul. The tour was quite fun and the palace was gorgeous! A nice change up from all the Japanese temples.

After the palace we met up with one of Karen's friends and ate lunch at a famous spicy BBQ and tofu place. Then we went shopping in this famous shopping district and I managed to find a Korea spoon for my grandmother and picked up a few other odds and ends.

Then we headed back to the hotel for a little rest and to get ready for a night out on the town. Once rested、 we headed out for a bite to eat at a restaurant call the Nutrition Center. Sounds appetizing, huh? It was actually pretty good. It's a restaurant specializing in chicken ginseng soups which are supposed to be good for your health.

After that, we met up with Hailey, Janet's friend from the night before, and went to Kanganam, which is on the other side of Seoul from where we were staying. After a nice long (but still cheap) taxi ride, we found Hailey and went to a bar to meet up with a bunch of other people. Bar was pretty fun. Our group had a table all to ourselves and everyone was really chill. The bar itself was huge and packed to the brim! The food and drinks were superb as well. Plus, while we were there, some kind of crazy Korean Death Note parody skit was playing on the TVs for a bit. It was hilarious!

After the bar, we headed out to do some clubbing. I, having never really been clubbing before, didn't really know what to expect. Originally the plan was the hit up a few clubs as that night was 'club night' and for one cover price you could hop between several clubs in the area. But, we ended up at one club in particular, Noise Basement, all night. Probably because we were such a large group and kept consistently losing each other in the crowd. Even so, it was still and pretty crazy and fun night. Not something I'd normally do on a vacation, but an experience worth having! Now I'll have to try out a club in Tokyo sometime.

Got back home about 4 or 5 am and then hit the sack.

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