My trip started less than ideally when I could only get a boarding pass from HCMC to Seoul because I was first traveling with Korean Airlines and then Air Canada. This meant that I would need to check in again in Seoul. I was hoping to save myself this task so I could save on time. When I arrived at 7 am I rushed to the Air Canada counter to get my boarding pass, but it was only opening at noon. So I decided the heck with it, I was going to explore Seoul!
I exchanged 60 USD for Korean won's. I went outside and found the bus stop that went to Insadong, my first stop in Seoul. Buses come at 20 minute intervals and their routes are very clearly illustrated. I went to buy a ticket for 9000 won (about 9 USD). It took about an hour to get to Insadong. Bus stops were announced by an automated voice in Korean and English. I arrived in Insadong at close to 9 am. Unfortunately, nothing was opened until 10:30 am except for a few souvenir shops. I could not even find a restaurant serving breakfast. So I walked around and took a few pictures.
On the way out of Incheon - looks like my previous employer, the big D.
Am I back in HCMC? Tous Les Jours Bakery just opened an outlet near my old place in District 1.
As you can see, Insadong was very quaint but still sleeping.
The menus looked appetizing but I could not find an open restaurant!
As I was exiting the subway station, I could hear drums beating. There was some type of procession going on.
The Palace with the mountain backdrop.
National Palace Museum of Korea.