Insadong, Seoul, Tuesday 19 February: a final browse in Insadong before catching the shuttle bus to the Whanki Museum. After which a quick browse around Bukchon and Samcheong-dong and it was time to head for the aiport. I pick up the shuttle bus at the Koreana hotel and pretty soon I’m in Incheon, where the tourist agencies have laid on some features for those who don’t want to leave: at the Korean Wave Cultural Center you can stock up on duty-free cigarettes before you get your photo taken dressed as a character from Dae Jang Geum. There are Jumong and King & the Clown themed gifts for sale.
Or you can try your hand making Korean knots in the slightly more refined Experience Korean Culture center run by Korea House.:
But my flight awaited. I ignore the opportunity for a make-over at the Laneige counter (above right), put my bags on a trolley decorated with a nice picture of Jeon Ji-hyun, and head for the gates.
Thanks to all those people who set aside time to meet up with me and entertain me. I only met half of the people I wanted to meet, and saw fewer than half of the sights. But as I only get to visit Seoul for a quick weekend only very rarely, that’s the way it goes.