This post is long time overdue. My mom came to visit us in Seoul during the last part of May and first couple days of June. I originally didn’t post on this because we shared pictures with my mom over Facebook. But that doesn’t prove to the world that my mom did in fact visit us in Seoul. We had an awesome time together, which is definitely cause for publication on our fine blog. 

So here is our proof. 

One of the first places that we visited with her was Deokseogung Palace, which was smaller than the main Gyeongbokkung Palace, but less crowded and definitely worth seeing. 

Maya starring in “Little Person Big Palace” and lovin the space. 

Oh, you may think she looks innocent, just pushing the boundaries to see how far she can get from dad. That’s only half of it. This girl is up to something more. I’ve got a documented intrusion on fenced-off grounds. Just follow the pictures and you’ll see what I mean. 

She takes a quick look to make sure mom and grandma aren’t looking. But she doesn’t know the power of dad’s zoom lens from further off in the distance.  

Caught you!

This is the point where I stopped taking pictures and started running over to stop her from getting too far on the other side. The sad thing is that most of the patches of grass that exist in Seoul are off-limits. I let the girl off easy because she was American and wasn’t used to such regulations where she comes from.  She also claimed that she couldn’t read the keep-off sign. OK, I’m not really that crazy as a father, I just thought it was funny that she actually checked to see if anyone was watching her–and I snapped it. 

Here’s one of Marquita and I by the wall of the building that you see behind my mom above. 

Here we are all together at Jogyesa, a Buddhist temple in Seoul. Tourists aren’t allowed to go in where the big bell is alone, but we lucked out by meeting a man who could show us in. He also answered our questions and related some interesting facts about Buddhism. That big piece of wood hangs by ropes from the ceiling and is used to ring the bell behind us. I can only imagine how low it would be. 

Here I am with a fish that is another instrument of sorts–pretty small compared to the ones I catch. 

And here is one of three massive Buddhas at Jogyesa. 

Odds are, if you’ve ever even looked at tourist information for Korea, you’ll have heard of this show: 

We had a blast. Mom, of all people, got picked to go up on stage and be made fun of. They made her eat soup (I forgot to ask how it tasted) and marry another member of the audience. She was a great sport. The percussion and acting couldn’t have been better; in fact, I’d have to say it was one of the best things we did, even considering the high ticket price. 

One day that Marquita had to work, Maya, mom, and I took a nice stroll along the Han river, which bisects Seoul.

 

Sorry, mom was taking the pictures here so she’s not in them. It turned out to be a much longer walk than we expected. Maya didn’t care because she rode most of it, but my mom and I were beat when we got home. 

We also visited the LDS Temple in Seoul. The spires are hidden from view by all the other tall buildings close by, but the grounds are peaceful and well kept. 

As you can see, Maya is getting too big to be held, but she doesn’t see it that way yet. Actually, that is the only way that we were able to get her to take pictures with us. Even still, the results were questionable, because while I might be able to hold her, I can’t make her look at the camera and smile at the right time. 

Here’s mom helping Maya up after having fallen while descending the stairs from the National Museum of Korea.

Not to worry, she was back to herself in seconds. Luckily, we were  at the end of the stairs that she insisted on running down. 

We had a great time at the Children’s Grand Park with Marquita’s Aunt, grandfather, and family friend. The park contains a zoo, gardens, amusement park, and more.

(Marquita’s aunt was taking the picture)

Of course we should have taken more pictures. We did a few other fun things together that we didn’t get pictures of, including visiting namdaemun market and insadong street, eating great Korean food at various restaurants, spending time with Marquita’s very hospitable family, and wandering around the city and its parks. 

I think we tired my mom out somewhat, but at least she wasn’t bored. She seemed to enjoy visiting and learning about Korea, and I know she really enjoyed seeing her granddaughter. We enjoyed having her over, which was somewhat more difficult than a drive across town for her. She had to come halfway around the world–travel that was difficult, long, and expensive. We are very blessed that she was able to come. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see her again.

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