All day Monday was spent reviewing and studying for my final test – I really have not studied as hard or as long as I did on Monday since my old college exam days, but by the end, I definitely felt like I was prepared for the grueling, 4 hour, 4-section test to take place on Tuesday.

IMG_8120A girl’s still gotta eat – Dim Sum, Korean Style.

After my final (which I felt good about, but was completely wiped out and exhausted after) Oppa took me to a Chinese restaurant in Bucheon.

IMG_1646Have I mentioned my love for anything/everything misspelled? I chuckled at this one.

IMG_1650But still, the food was yummy, so no complaints.

Wednesday was the last day of classes, and I was SO sad – at the end, our class got really close, and it was really hard to say goodbye to everyone. We all went and enjoyed one last meal together, and took a cheeseball picture to send to our teacher (I actually cried when I said goodbye to her because a) I’m a total crybaby and b) she was so damn awesome)

IMG_6693 ~ Sending love to our beloved teacher. I tried to rebel when I found out we were going to do the heart/love pose, but I was seriously rebuffed by everyone else.

It was even sadder after the lunch, when, as we were walking, our group slowly dwindled in size. As each person left, and went their separate ways,  we’d stop, hug, say goodbye, and wave. As the group got smaller and smaller, I got sadder and sadder, knowing I’d probably never see my fellow classmates again 😦

Oppa cheered me up by taking me to 경복궁, or Gyeongbokgung Palace, which I had been trying to get to all week ~ It’s one of the largest/oldest palaces, located right in downtown Seoul, and there was A LOT to see…We did a lot of walking around the palace grounds, and there were quite a few tourists walking around (the largest amount of foreigners I’d seen in one spot, actually)

IMG_1654The Main gate to the Palace – notice the guards/flag bearers in full costume. I felt sorry for them, because it was still pretty warm, and most of them had fake beards on. haha.

IMG_1674There was a ton of these different animals statues located in strategic places, mostly representing the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

IMG_1685The ceiling of the main palace building. Totally ostentatious, but still so beautiful.

IMG_1728Pavilion where the Kings used to have parties….the pond was filled with HUGE Koi fish.

IMG_1742Love this picture, mainly because the other side LOOKS like a painting, right?

IMG_1767An outside view of the one of the main buildings.

From there, we went to the 63 Building, which has the honor (?) of being the tallest building in Korea. It’s exterior is also a shiny gold color, which just adds to its prestige. It’s got a large Aquarium, and also an art gallery located at the top of the building. We checked both out.

IMG_1785Fishies in the aquarium.

IMG_1796art in the art gallery. Mostly everything up there was pretty modern, which I was actually surprised about – I expected to see more tradition Korean art, since the 63 building is a major tourist spot.

IMG_1806A view from the top of the 63 Building – and a view of the never-ending traffic that is Seoul. The view from the top was fantastic.

IMG_1820Can’t forget the food – this is another meal of sangyupsal, SO yummy – look at all that juicy fat!

~up next – Fancy hotels, and saying goodbyes….sniff sniff.