Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trip to Seoul Part 4 : Seoul Experience

Posted by Norazo at 5:27 PM
Hallo semuaa.. assalammualaikum ^___^

I am late!!!! well i just coming back from Labuan for Hari Raya Qurban (Eid-Al-Adha), so believe me while in Labuan i dont think i will updating about my Seoul experience.. before that, let me share something on Eid-Al-Adha or "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid". It is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmail (Ismail) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead. Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic Calendar. Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the Month of Ramadhan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah (source: wikipedia)
This will be my last update on my 6 days 5 night in South Korea. Fighting!!!

On 25th October 2011, we were touring Seoul city by visiting the tourist spots and shopping arena hehehe.. shopping is a must for women hehehehe... In the morning Gina took us to Blue House (President House) actually we were only able to see the rooftop of the house hehe after all a president live there so there is nowhere we were able to actually go into the house. The Blue House located near to the Gyeongbuk Palace. It is actually a remnant of a palace because majority part of it was destroyed during the Japan invasion. The president house was built inside the palace area. It was believe that Seoul is a strategic place according to the feng shui and the location of the palace is sacred. There is actually a hill behind the palace. It was believe to be a dragon head watching over the palace. It does look like dragon. You don't believe it?? see for yourself below ;p

spot the hill?? the stone on the hill represent the dragon eyes

Us with our uncle and aunty

can you spot the dragon eyes???

My friend and Gina on the right ^__^

We were supposed to visit Gyeongbuk Palace. However, it was closed for the day. Therefore, we were rushing to another palace nearby. Upon arrival, they was a march and we were told that it was a ceremony to change the palace guard. Basically the guard was exchanging their shift. It was colorful and fun to watch because they wearing their traditional dresses. Since the palace located in Seoul, it was quite interesting to see traditional palace is well preserved in the heart of Seoul. Pictures juseyooooo

me and the guards

they were marching

left right left right

with chief guard!

follow me!

i look cool hahaha don't i???

autumn in her heart ;p

dragon guarding the throne

the throne

Right after lunch, Gina took us to Korean Ginseng Centre. Korean Ginseng was known worldwide as the best ginseng. We actually met our own Malaysian fellows working there. How nice to meet other Malaysian in another country.Then, we off to Amethyst factory. I bought Ginseng Extract and Amethyst bracelet phewwwww. I tell you the price is no joke. But if you don't buy now when will you coming back again right...After that we were heading to Gwangjang and Dongdaemun Market to buy souvenir (no pictures while shopping ~___~). We end our day at 7.30pm... Back to hotel and we find ourselves broke hahahah.. but it worth every penny ^_______^

The next day 26th October 2011 we kicked off at 9.30am. Our first destination is Seoul World Cup Stadium! As you may know, South Korea and Japan were the host for the 2002 FIFA World Cup! pictures juseyooo

Good morning peacee

read the words yourself!

me with Aishah in the stadium

did Park Ji Sung ever lied on this bed??? hahaha

owhh Ronaldo no. 9

my bestest pose everrrr!

the stadium

Right after visiting the stadium, Gina took us the the Duty Free Shop. There, we bought cosmetic products such as BB Cream with Ginseng (again no pictures while shopping). After that, we head for lunch and we were having Korean food again.. yummeh... everyone were crazy with Kimchi hehehe...

having a hot cup of coffee after meal in a cold weather is a bliss ~~

Gina in orange! with anis and his dad

We were bonding through this trip!

the road just like in drama kan hehe

After lunch, Gina took us to Chungye stream. There is a story behind the stream but i forgot but one thing i do remember the stream exists since long long time ago....

the stream behind us

hee san nim peacee


snail?? don't know la

Behind me is the History of the Chungye Stream

We spend our last night with another round of shopping at Nandaemun Street Market and Myeong Dong Fashion Street. Shop shop shop then broke! aigoooooo

with Aril's family ^___^

the street feels like im in Tokyo hehe


After shopping we had our dinner then we off to Eulswang Hotel in Incheon. Our flight the next day was at 8.45am local time. Before departure we took our last group photo at the airport.

last group photo with Gina..

Throughout the trips, i had so much fun. Being able to visit South Korea and make a new friends was such a great experience. I am so touched with the bond created during the vacation coz we barely knew each other. From the ever sporting Uncle Z to the chicky cutey little aril we had so many great moments together. Thanks everyone! i really had a great time with you all. Hope we can embark to another memorable journey again as a group. Bye Bye Seoul don't know when i will be visiting Seoul again.

To Siti and Shirah u both are awsome. I really like the both of you. Siti, your joke really suits my brain chord haha thank you guys! To Aishah u r a wonderful sister.. FIGHTING everyone! the memory in the restaurant will forever be in my heart!

from left: Siti, Shira and Aishah (sorry i took this picture without permission guys)

To Gina, u are an awesome tourist guide. Thanks for everything. If someday we visit Seoul again we surely gonna looking for you... thank youuuu soooo veerrryyy muuuuccchhhh! Love you!

Last photo with Gina

♥♥Love love and much love from me... NORAZO♥♥



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