Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wednesday 4/2

Well, we'd planned for a quieter day today... We decided to make a repeat visit to Insa-Dong - a really cool area with lots of artisans. Pottery, embroidery, calligraphy, lacquer, stationery - all sorts of things. We picked up some gift there. ;) Here's a photo of the main street, from the bottom.
And from the top of the main street, near the map. Please notice the eyes of the small boy in the picture. It shows what was coming from him for the rest of the day...

After Insa-Dong, we walked down to Gyeongbokgung Palace. The main gate is under construction, so we missed that (and the appropriate entrance, but I don't suppose it matters). I believe this is the biggest of the palaces, and the structures and grounds were beautiful. It was raining today, so we didn't stay as long as we might have liked, or take as many photos. Still, it was neat. Here's the front entrance (but inside the gate that's being renovated):
We're not exactly sure, but there seemed to be a reenactment going on while we were there. So we got our photos taken in front of the traditional guards. I don't know if you get the full impact, but their costumes and hats (and weapons) are very detailed and quite beautiful.

After the palace, we headed over to the agency to meet up with Alex and his foster mother again. This time they left us alone with him, I presume to make sure he'd be okay if his foster mother wasn't right there. He did fine, but Andrew is having a little trouble. I suppose the reality of having to share us is finally hitting him. Tomorrow ought to be interesting.

This will be the last update from Korea - we leave tomorrow morning on the 10:50 flight out of Incheon Airport. We should be home by late afternoon - as a family of four. :)


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