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A group of people stand in front of a IST in front of a pavilion at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.

Members of the International Service Team stand in front of a pavilion at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. (Photo: Greg Bulger/U.S. Contingent Media Team)

More than 60 US IST members became fast friends during their pre-Jamboree tour of Seoul and neighboring Suwon. 

On Thursday July 27, they worked up an early sweat with a steep walk through Bukchon Hanok village, observed the changing of the guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace, had a quick lunch of bibimbap, shopped for souvenirs on Insadong street, saw some great views of Seoul during a cable car ride up the Namsan mountain and atop N Seoul Tower, and finally a sizzling dinner of samgyeopsal — Korean BBQ pork belly. 

Friday involved a visit to the imposing Hwaseong and temporary palace, a lunch of steaming galbitang soup, an informative trip to the Korean Folk Village — and amusement park — more shopping at street stalls and the underground mall in Myeongdong, and a filling sushi bar buffet for dinner. 

After enjoying one last night with a bed and air conditioning, a bus awaited the next morning to take the group of new friends to their next adventure at Saemangeum.