weekend of october 1st - 3rd.

on saturday, october 2nd, a few friends and i went to hongdae.hongdae is this really rad, artsy district in seoul.

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apparently it is known for its night scene but i wouldn't know. i experienced indian food for the first time IN MY LIFE. i know, i know ... punch me or something.

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this indian restaurant is called yeti. you sit on the ground and eat your warm curry, rice, and flatbread. after the meal, i took a food coma nap on the soft pillows while my girls watched "the best of bollywood" on a big screen. life was good.

i went on a bus tour around seoul with some other teacher friends on sunday, october 3rd.

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our first stop was the korean war memorial.

it is the largest war memorial IN THE WORLD. today, korea is the only divided country IN THE WORLD.

pretty crazy stuff.

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[that thing that looks like the space needle in the background of those flags is the seoul tower]

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it was really hard to see all of these names of the fallen soldiers plastered onto endless walls.

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they already had the torpedo that sank the cheonan, a south korea ship that was sunk by north korea in march of 2010, on display at the memorial!

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this ship was built in the 1500's ... is it just me, or is the idea of that simply mind blowing??

we then went to a hanok village, a village full of traditional korean homes. at the village, we found some beautiful malaysian dancers whose job was to wear cool clothes and dance with foreigners.

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also taking place at the village was a traditional korean wedding!

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the bride was so cute!!

we also went to the north seoul tower ...

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aside from being a communication tower located on namsan mountain, the north seoul tower is also a very romantic spot for koreans [and foreigners] to steal a crazy beautiful view atop of seoul.

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so romantic, in fact, that you will find thousands of these little heart charms locked onto the railings of the tower. so presh!!

phew, that was such a long post!!