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Friday, April 10, 2015

Korea Travelogue // Gyeongbukgung

If you were to google about the top things to do in Seoul, one of them would definitely be to visit a palace. Just look at how many Korean dramas reenact how things were like in the past (whether based on truth or fiction). And so, that was what we did.

Built in 1395, Gyeongbukgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the "Northern Palace" because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighbouring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbukgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces.

While walking around the grounds before heading into the palace, we happened to chance upon some guards in traditional clothing so we stopped to take a look.

I really look up to people who do such jobs because it definitely isn't easy standing still for hours and hours, let alone in the heat. It must be insanely tiring to do this day in and day out. #respect

We paid 3,000 KRW/person to enter the palace.

We weren't allowed into most of the buildings but they opened doors for visitors to peek in. The architecture and the attention to detail is amazing.

Walked away from the buildings to explore the grounds and just take a look at how huge the whole place is. Can you imagine having a park in your own back yard? Or like a huge pond/lake(?) too?

After walking under the hot sun for a bit, we decided to head to the palace cafe to cool down and grab some coffee.

Mummy busy suntanning heh.

| 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Sejongno) |

Getting here: 
1. Gyeongbukgung Station, exit 5

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