Today was a very eventful day! We started off our day at Gyeongbokgung Palace. We enjoyed the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and a tour of the palace. The original palace was built in 1395. It covers 107 acres and is full of beautiful, very detailed buildings and gardens.
After a few hours of exploring the palace, we had a quick but delicious lunch. Then we headed over to the Seodaemun Prison History Museum. This museum is not glorious like the palace. In fact, this museum is compiled of the prison buildings and execution chambers that were used during the Japanese Occupation (1910-1945). It was important to us that we visited this site so that we could better understand the history of the people we are here to minister to and serve.
Later we took some time to rest and spend time in our family houses. We had Korean fried chicken and other traditional dishes for dinner in the houses. We ended the day with an exciting trip to the Namsan Seoul Tower. We took a cable car to the top of the mountain on which the tower stands. At the top of the mountain there was a beautiful view of all of Seoul. The city looked so big and bright!