Around the World – Day 7 – Seoul Food Tour and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul Soft Serve Ice Cream
Korean Soft Serve Ice Cream. Delicious and fun to eat!

We had heard good things about the street food in Seoul. To be on the safe side, we decided to sign up for a tour with O’ngo Food. They had several options, depending upon the desired experience, but we thought the half day walking tour sounded like fun and it was affordable.

The food tour started with a demonstration for cooking a traditional style Korean Pancake. At the tour company, there is a demonstration kitchen. It’s really nice…each table has a cooktop and lots of room to prepare food. For the foodie, it’s a great way to start a tour! After the host answered all our questions, we left to begin the walking portion. Our group had about 8 people, so it was the perfect size.

Our tour guide took us to about 6 different vendors. Some were walk in shops and some were food carts. At some point, we also walked through a huge indoor market. The guide spent a lot of time explaining the ingredients and the variations in serving and preparations. The tour ended in a restaurant, where we had a traditional Bi-Bim-Bap. By the time the tour was over, everybody was completely full.

At Gyeongbokgung Palace

Later in the afternoon, we went to Gyeongbokgung Palace for a walking tour. There was a Changing of the Guards ceremony, so we lucked out with our timing!

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Changing of the Guards
Changing of the Guards

The Ceremonial Gong
The Ceremonial Gong

Parade Figure Parade Figure

Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace
The Procession of Guards

Standing Guard with the Guard
Standing with a Guard

Beautiful Day at Gyeongbokgung Palace
What a beautiful day at the Palace!

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Main Complex
The Main Complex

Throne Room of Gyeongbokgung Palace
The Throne Room

The Dining Room at Gyeongbokgung Palace
The Dining Room

Dennis in Gyeongbokgung Palace
Dennis in the Royal Living Room!

After the tour of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, we caught a cab back to the room. Our flight didn’t leave until later that evening, so we took a walk, I got my hair done, and then we hung out at a local coffee shop. We packed our bags and then took the limo bus back to Incheon International Airport. Next stop, Istanbul, Turkey!

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