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    UNCMAC Guest tag and Visitor Declaration form

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    Joint Security Area - facing North Korea's Panmon Hall

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    tae won do stance of soldier on JSA North Korean side

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    inside the JSA blue building

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    bridge of no return

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    dora observatory

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    photo ops outside the entrance of the third infiltration tunnel

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    third infiltration tunnel

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    dorasan sign

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    Dorasan station

Korea Trip, Day 14: DMZ and JSA Tour

Despite the worldwide media coverage of North Korean’s threats at the time, it didn’t stop me from booking the DMZ & JSA tour (aka Demilitarized Zone or Joint Security Area). I was excited and nervous at the same time to do this tour which was so popular on the day it filled up two busloads of foreigners and off-duty US troops on the day.

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    60 mod

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    Bagazimuri and vintage goods

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    Joyrich, Isnana and Miss Happy

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    Bean Story

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    ad at Apgujeong Station

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    a BK hospital ad

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    Hyundai Department Store

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Korea Trip, Day 12: Garosu-gil, Apgujeong, Hyundai Department Store and Gangnam

The weather was miserable today as we set out for Garosu-gil. We got a hold of the Dangol, Garosu-gil’s Local Guide Book to help navigate us around. It was refreshing to see so many cool, independent and vintage clothing boutiques here like 60 mod who stocked some unique items.

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

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    rear gardens of Gyeongbokgung Palace

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    the changing of the guards

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    lanterns for the Lotus Lantern festival

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    the 3 small pancakes and dumpling dish and, delicious mushroom dish at Balwoo Gongyang

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    The side dishes and dessert at Balwoo Gongyang

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    film crew in Insadong

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Korea Trip, Day 11: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Temple Cuisine and Insadong

You can spend hours at Gyeongbokgung Palace. The grounds of the palace are so grandeur that you lose track of how many different living quarters there are and what belonged to whom.

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    views from park bridge

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    amusement park

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    writing my wish on a paper

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    photo ops with characters at korean folk village

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    Farmer's music and dance

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    traditional korean food vendor

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    traditional wedding ceremony - groom

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    traditional wedding cerermony - bride

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    old, traditional Korean police badges

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    King's candy

Korea Trip, Day 10: Games and Korean Folk Village

There was talk about maybe going to Everland and Garden of the Morning Calm but in the end we chose the Korean Folk Village. On our way there I was being shown how to play a Korean game called Di Bi Di Bi Dip where you have to move your face in a different direction to where the person points cus if you don’t you’ll to be flicked or pinched as punishment! I was not too keen about this type of punishment, so I introduce my friendlier games like thumb wrestle, double thumb wrestle, rock, paper, scissors using “the point system (best of 3 up to 5 points)” and the clapping game. I forgot how fun it was to play like a kid again!

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    charming cafe in Hongdae

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    Hongdae University

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    streets of Hongdae

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    snow spoon cafe

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    tofu steak at Oyori

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    sky garden at Lotte Young Plaza

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    hotba food vendor

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    Samsung Fashion

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    rookie kpop group- PURE

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    pineapple juice and parfait at cafe lamp

Korea Trip, Day 9: Hongdae, Myeong-dong, Hotba, Kpop and Cafe Lamp

The weather was pretty miserable when we arrived in Hongdae on a Saturday morning. It was raining and cold and where the streets would usually be crowded on the weekend, I think alot of people opted to stay in. We were meeting up with my sister-in-law’s brother who lives in this area for lunch. We were led to a charming cafe which has books and manga for patrons to read. The menu was laid out so that each dessert corresponded to a particular movie like creme brulee for Amelie, then I think blueberry pie for My Blueberry Nights. We ended up ordering tiramisu and chocolate cake.

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    Yongsan Electronics Markets

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    soju selection at Lotte Mart

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    Seoul Milk

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    Korean melon

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    bowing android robot

Korea Trip, Day 8: Yongsan Electronic Markets and Lotte Mart

It was my brother’s last day in Seoul and he wanted to check out Yongsan Electronics Markets which had lots of vendors on each floor selling all sorts of electronic goods such as cameras and mobile phones. I was looking for an iPad case here but there didn’t seem to be much of a selection here and the prices weren’t that much different to normal retail stores.

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    behind the scenes of baby photo shoot

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    various photo shoot themes

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    National Museum of Korea

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    National Museum of Korea - atrium

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    Sayu - Traditional Korean Teahouse

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    Dongdaemun night markets

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    street food vendors

Korea trip, Day 7: Baby Photo shoot, National Museum of Korea and Dongdaemun

I tagged along this morning to my nephew’s photo shoot. The set-up for this baby photo shoot was far more elaborate then what we have in Australia. There are a few different package options, but in this case they gave the parents an album to choose three outifts from and there were quite a few theme displays spread across two levels. It was interesting to watch and judging by the number of the bags I saw with the finish packages in them – quite popular!

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    on the korail

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    War Memorial Museum - two brothers statue

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    Korean Soldiers

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    War Memorial Museum - Outdoor Exhibition Hall

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    cheese croquette

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    twist potato food vendor

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    my tasty twist potato[

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    love lockets

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    Korean couple at N Seoul Tower

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    teddy bear museum

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    gourmet food hall

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    shinsegae sky garden

Korea trip, Day 6: War Memorial Museum, N Seoul Tower, Teddy Bear Museum and Shinsegae

Today we went to the War Memorial Museum by Korail. The trains here are extremely quiet. Alot of commuters are on their Samsung phones or just seem really tired. It’s not uncommon to see a few asleep as well. We also saw men wheeling their suitcases from one carriage to the next, trying to sell commuters some of their wares (apparently it’s not really legal, but they still do it anyway).

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