The QiRanger Adventures

An outing!

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Admiral Yi

One of the things I never understand about some who come to Korea to teach is why they don’t ever take the time to discover the cultural wonders that are in their own back yards. This week, I had the pleasure of meeting two new English Teachers to Dongtan and they were excited to come out and explore a little of Seoul with me. While my adventure was nothing special, it did show these two newbies some of the wonders that await in their 12 months to come.

King Sejeon

What I had wanted to do was check out Gwanghwamun (광화문) Plaza, since so much time and effort was taken to build the plaza while reconstruction of the gate is being carried out. What once was 18 lanes of traffic, is now 12, with the center island a beautiful park with statues devoted to Admiral Yi and King Sejong. In fact, underneath the statue of King Sejong is an elaborate museum dedicated to Korea’s greatest ruler.

Since Gwanghwamun (광화문) Plaza serves as the southern entrance to Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), I decided to take these two lovely teachers into the palace to let them experience a little of Korea’s history. It was a lovely fall day, and while it was overcast, the colors came out and provided some great sights.

Hyangwonjeong (향원정)

I especially enjoyed coming back here, since it gave me a few new ideas for some future videos about the palace once the gate opens in 2010. It was also fun revisiting the palace, as there’s always something new to learn and see. I especially enjoyed seeing fall colors reflected in the lakes.

I can’t wait to return here with Jo. She has a passion for exploring these places as well, and the next time we go, I’ll have more information to share with her as well as a better plan on how to get there quickly so we can take advantage of the Korean National Folk Museum that is adjacent to the property and Blue House.

The trip was also a good way for Brook and Tonita (the new teachers) to get used to traveling in Seoul. We took an express bus into Seoul and then transferred to a City bus to get to our destination. On the way home we took a cab, train, subway, and city bus. It provided a great learning experience on how anyone can get anywhere without a car here. Plus it also showed them a lot of Dontan, Gangnam, and Seoul.

I hope your Saturday was a fun-filled as mine. Tomorrow, I’ll be putting the final touches on the documentary I’ve been working on and hope to have it live on YouTube in two weeks. Until then, i’ll leave you with this:

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Written by Steve Miller

November 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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  1. Some beautiful pics and a good way to get the newbies used to the sights and sounds of Korea. Can’t wait for the you tube video! That last picture of the detailed work! Incredible….

    jyankee

    November 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  2. I’m glad you had a wonderful Saturday!
    Beautiful pictures! Though I thought you’ll take more! ;P
    I can’t wait to explore all those places with you! ❤

    Jo

    November 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    • I can’t wait to have you here too. We’ll full explore the Sejong museum!!!

      Steve

      November 8, 2009 at 10:34 am


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