At the start of our Seoul-Yeonghae-Bicycle-Ride we arrived at Seoul's International Airport on the west coast island of Incheon after a three hour delay to our departure from Manila.
There was a long queue to get through immigration. Arriving at the baggage carousel the bikes were nowhere to be seen. By now it was 11pm and the airport was shutting down for the night. At the lost baggage counter we were told that no over sized luggage (ie bikes) had been unloaded. Dreading the fact that the bikes had been left in Manila the young man disappeared off to check with the plane baggage handlers.
He returned to say that one of the bike bags had ripped and the porters were carrying it by hand from the plane. We felt sure that it must be damaged, but when it eventually came off the luggage carousel there was only some slight damage to the plastic mudguards,. Everything else was OK. Now passed midnight the bus which we had planned to get for the hour ride into Seoul city had stopped running. So we had to get a very expensive taxi van ride for the 60km ride into Seoul.
Fortunately we had prebooked the GS Hotel in a convenient part of the City.
We spent three days there, enjoying the sightseeing in this vibrant, clean city.
It was an opportunity to read more about the history of Korea and to understand more about the various wars that have been waged over it not to mention the continuing stand off with its northern neighbour. In our hunt for some of the best books about the Country we came across the very readable account called Korea And Her Neighbours by Isabella Bird Bishop. She was a traveler and writer and made her journey into the heart of Korea over 100 years ago, but her riveting account is still held up today at the forefront of books about Korea. It is a very interesting and readable story that gives a good grounding to understanding the psyche of the Korean people.
Admiral Yi Sun Sin Statue
Palace Guards at the gatehouse
Cheonggye Stream at night
Deoksugung Palace roof detail
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