My KIMCHI Chronicles: Day Seven (일곱)

We’ve dedicated our last day in visiting the old Seoul.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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The Palace Gate.

Again, we woke up late! Hahaha! So we just went to one of Seoul’s major palaces. The Gyeongbokgung Palace is also called the “Northern Palace” because of its location. According to the blogs I read, Gyeongbokgung is the most beautiful and grandest of all palaces. The names translates to “Palace of Shining Happiness.”

So what to see here? Well, its a very big palace. I can only imagine the Korean royalties roaming around the big square and number of guards looking after this place. Speaking of guards, there is a “Changing of the Guards’ ceremony held here daily. It is said that during the old times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed a specific task of guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate. It first took place in 1469 and continued until the end of the dynasty. They now show a re-enactment of the original one. And guess what, we missed it. It’s only from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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For me, it was nice to see this palace. The details, from the ceiling to the doors and walls were so intricate. I can just imagine how hard it is to make those details for all the structures in the palace. I also read that all the art works on the palace were had painted. Wow!

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Bukchon Hanok Village

We then went to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Hmmm, of all the places that we’ve been this was by far the most tiring to tour. First, it was very hot, second we had to walk quite a distance, and third, finding that place is not easy either. We were sweating the whole trip. Some parts were also on a upward hill so its like we were exercising while touring.

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Ok enough ranting. I must say this was a must-see too. For me, Bukchon is one of the few places to get a glimpse of old Seoul. This hilly neighborhood is one of the most picturesque and charming places in the city.The place was a home to hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanok’ that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. It was like an old Korean village in the center of the new Korea.

Along its alleys, you will also find several small museums or cultural centers and for a reasonable fee, you may enjoy several activities such as accessories making, art gallery viewing, craft making and others. Here, you can experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.

Then we went home and ate! We were so tired but it was a nice sight to see. Truly memorable!

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