Around The World - 1977

by Mike Newman with help from Bill Garsden

Route Map - Korea

To be honest, I had no intention of visiting Korea. But, somehow, the ticket I bought for Japan to the US required me to stay at least one night in Korea. I spent several, but knew nothing about the place or what I ought to see.

One absolutely frigid morning I got up, bundled up and intended to take a bus somewhere. The bus pulled up to the stop and big sliding doors opened up in the side of the bus. As I stepped up to get on, the smell of garlic was so overpowering that I stepped back, abandoned my plans and had coffee and doughnuts at this place instead.

I did manage to get out and see a few places. This is the Namdaemun Gate.

No idea. Sorry.

Wongaksa Pagoda (?) - 15th century marble pagoda.

Family day out at Gyeongbokgung Palace?

Part of Gyeongbokgung Palace?

Family photo time

Family photo time

Somehow I ended up at this traditional dance performance. I have no idea how or why.

I believe this is some sort of fertility ceremony. The men all had business suits under they rural outfits.

Old and new.

From Seoul I flew to Honolulu. I spent one night there at the old, pink Royal Hawaiian hotel. A few days after I got back home I bought a bicycle and got a job at McDonald's flipping burgers. A few weeks later I was offered a US government job on Maui. I stayed there a year and then moved to the island of Saipan where I lived and worked for the next 26 years.

Introduction England Scotland Europe
Turkey Iran Afghanistan Pakistan
India 1 India 2 Nepal Burma
Thailand Malaysia/Singapore Indonesia 1 Indonesia 2
Hong Kong Macau Japan Korea