A Little Bit of Soul in Seoul

Outside of our amazing company visits, we braved the cold to venture out to see the beauty and culture of Seoul. Here are a few of the highlights.

Ascending Seoul Tower: For our first day in Seoul, we had a get a bird’s eye view of the city. We made our way to Seoul Tower to get an epic view from the top.img_4033

Touring Gyeongbokgung Palace: Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty. Beyond the obviously stunning structures, visiting the palace was a bit surreal. Within the palace walls you feel transported to the past, but when you look up, you are quickly reminded that you are still surrounded by a bustling city center.fullsizerender_4

 

Dressing in Traditional Korean Costumes: This was my favorite part of Seoul. In preparation for our palace tour, many members of our group got the full on historical experience, donning traditional Korean costumes for the day.fullsizerender_2fullsizerender_3

 

Visiting the DMZ: The DMZ tour was one of the most highly-anticipated cultural visits. Learning about the complicated history of North and South Korea set a somber tone, but helped us understand the roots that created South Korea’s rich culture. The guides reminded us that the goal of unification is a complicated one, but they have actively taken on this part of their history work to share it openly as a signal of the opportunity to come.fullsizerender

Courtney Richardson ’17

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