OK, some more photos from Korea.
I took advantage of an offer from the Canadian Craft Federation, a tour offered by MimiHolidaysInc … excellent service. We were met at the airport and escorted to our hotel in downtown Seoul. The hotel was right in the middle of the historic district, between the two major palaces, center of government of Korea since the 1400’s.
Heating of these buildings is by hypocaust … radiant floor heating. The fireplace is outside the building in the foundation.
and the smoke travels around under the floor, goes underground and comes out a chimney on a neighboring building of lesser importance:
The Gyeongbokgung, grandest and largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty is a Unesco designated site for the way the construction harmonizes with the lay of the land.
We visited the National Folk Museum of Korea, amazing pieces of ramie, their textile of choice, and woven shoes.
We took in the Seoul Tower on Mt Namsan, which gives a birds eye view of Seoul
It seems Korean television is watched all over Asia. An episode recently aired featured a couple who attach a padlock to the fence at the base of the Seoul tower and throw the keys over the precipice. The response to this has resulted in thousands of couples from all over asia coming to the Seoul tower to also declare their undying love for each other: