Gyeongbokgong Palace: Seoul

August 20, 2015

One of the largest city's in the world, Seoul is the capital of South Korea and by far one of my favorite cities to visit. Not very from the North Korean border, Seoul is a city filled with history and modern flare. It is truly the city that never sleeps. There are countless cultural things to do, one too many restaurants to eat at, unlimited places to party, countless places to shop and tons 24hrs coffee shops. Each time I visit Seoul, I am intoxicated with the culture and cool vibes. Well, intoxicated literally, too (face palm)! This trip was not about that... ;)

 Hwangwonjeong Pavillion

Geunjeongjeon Hall 

On this occasion, I showed my boyfriend around the city during one of busiest times in Korea. Summer!!! We hopped on a plane from Jeju Island and we were ready to take on this massive city. Since my boyfriend had never been, I thought we would explore Gyeongbokgong on our second day in Seoul, after settling into city life. It was very hot and humid, but we pranced around the beautiful palace and found shelter in the shade whenever we could.

A Little History...

Gyeongbokgong was originally built in the 1300s, during the reign of the royal family of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation of Korea, but has since been restored. A project, which lasted for more than 20 years. This is a must see if you should ever visit South Korea. The National Palace Museum and The National Folk Museum of Korea are both located on the palace grounds.

 GyeonHoeru Hall

Highlights of our trip to the palace, included the changing of the guard at the Heugnyemun Gate, seeing a bunch of people in traditional Korean attire and the detail and craftsmanship of the palace. I t was a great cultural experience for my bf and it was a nice was for me to fall in love with Seoul all over again. Not that we had fallen out of love, but we reconnected in a big way :))

If you are ever interested in watching the changing of the guards, you can catch them from 10 a.m to 3 p.m everyday, except Tuesdays. The palace is closed on Tuesdays. The cost is 3,000won or $3.00 depending on the exchange rate. Pretty cheap if you ask me! I have visited the palace during all seasons and I have had a great time learning and exploring. It all depends on what is most comfortable for you. Take the Seoul subway, line 3, exit 5 and you are there!

I hope you liked this post! Please leave a comment in the section below if you have any questions or anything to add. xo

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