But all these tours of shopping malls are tiring for many backpackers, after all a Gucci or a Prada store anywhere in the world is hardly anything more than a protected reserve for bald mannequins. So having seen the de-militarized zone (DMZ) in my previous trip, what I consider as the only unique place in Korea worth visiting, I had little option but to check out usual touristy escapades in Seoul such as the Insadong arts and antiques street, the Gyeongbok palace, and a day of trekking one of the several small hills in and around Seoul.
The next day I and a local friend went trekking a nearby mountain, all of 650 meters elevation. Quite a sizeable population from
The Gyeongbok palace was the largest palace of the Joesun dynasty of