Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Exploring Seoul With Dave and Melita

The first of my siblings to visit Korea was Dave and his wife, Melita. They arrived in Seoul on Saturday, October 18, 2014, with a very full agenda of things to do and see in one short week. Unfortunately, Bob would leave Monday with business travel for the week, so Dave and Melita's visit provided me with great companionship in his absence.  Bob and I had returned from our trip to Cambodia just a couple of days prior to their arrival and my rheumatoid arthritis had taken a turn for the worse. The tremendous swelling and pain in my hands prompted a visit to the emergency room on the way home. Bob took Dave and Melita to our home and got them settled in for a needed long night's sleep.  Several hours later with no relief from their IV, injection, and oral medication pain management attempts, I returned home to self-treat with prednisone (that dreadful miracle drug) which took the swelling down overnight and provided me the desperately needed relief.  Welcome to Korea!

Sunday morning we attended church, and that evening we visited Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple where we were treated to a drum and bell ringing performance.

On our way back home, we stopped to watch the Banpo Bridge water fountain show and took photos of the colorful sights near the Han River.

Looking for indoor activities to do on a rainy Monday and Tuesday, we started the week with a visit to the combination Trick-eye Museum and Ice Museum in Seoul.


A late lunch at the Noryangin Fish Market in Seoul was quite an experience!  It is Seoul's largest seafood market and is open 24-hours a day.  We were glad to have Bob's office assistant, Yoohnee, join us to help with the seafood selections and eating arrangements. Don't you wish you could have joined us?  Yum!

On Tuesday we attended a session at the LDS Temple in Seoul along with missionaries serving in the Seoul Mission.  We gobbled down some delicious mandu, soup, and steamed buns for lunch.  Later that day we visited the War Museum.  These pictures don't show it, but the museum is amazing and offers so much more than we were able to experience that afternoon.

 With the promise of sunny skies the following day, we retired early in anticipation of outdoor adventures beckoning us at dawn.

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