Happy New Year! We braved the crowds this year and went for what might be the most touristy spot in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace, along with the neighboring folk museum. The streets were deserted when we left home, businesses dark, and parking easy, despite what I considered to be a late hour (9:30 am). Maybe one day my children will sleep past 5:30 on a holiday. A girl can dream.
We caught the first changing of the guard, which never seems to get old. Since I’ve taken a whole lot of photos of the palace and changing of the guard, my focus here turns the other direction to observe the photographers. Tourists are reminded not to touch the guards they are taking photos of, which seemed odd at first, but now just seems practical considering how our
entire family has been posed so that various Korean or Chinese people can get the coveted shot with white people. I had to get a shot of this lady. It only seemed fair since my blonde headed children are now in her photo album … properly posed, of course.