Seoul Awesome! Part 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace

So, after over four months of living in Korea, we FINALLY took a trip to Seoul!  We did quite a lot so I’m breaking our trip into three posts, starting with Seoul’s city center of Myeong-dong.

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City Hall.


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King Sejong the Great, the man behind the Korean language.

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Admiral Li Sun Shin.


It was SO hot in Seoul, we really weren’t expecting it at all, since Ulsan is so much further south.

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Cheong-gye-cheon: the man-made stream that runs through Seoul’s center.


There were loads of kids splashing around in the stream, even catching tiny fish.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace: the grandest of all Seoul’s palaces.


This palace was HUGE; we walked around it for a good three or four hours.  It got pretty repetitive-looking after a while, but it was a nice little excursion, and remarkably quiet for being one of the biggest tourist attractions in the center of Seoul.

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We arrived just in time to see the changing of the palace guards…well, a reenactment of the changing of the guards.  They took it pretty seriously, though.

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Walking around the palace grounds after paying our $3 entry fee!  Thanks for being so gosh darn cheap, Korea!

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The main areas of the palace looked like they had been repainted relatively recently; the insides of the buildings were all cordoned off, but we leaned through a couple windows to take photos.

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Dragon paintings on the ceiling.


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The further we walked from the palace’s entrance, the older the interiors of the buildings looked.  I think I actually prefer them like this, it really makes you appreciate just how old they are.  Well, not as old as they should be, since the palace was burnt down by the Japanese (nearly everything in Korea seems to have been burnt down by the Japanese at some point…)

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Rooftop dragons.

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So many intricate details!

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This pagoda was right in the middle of a lake, it was stunning looking!  Unfortunately the photo doesn’t do it justice; it’s one of those places you have to see in person to really appreciate.

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A mini pagoda in the middle of a pond.

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Has anyone seen Eoin anywhere?!

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So crazy that somewhere this peaceful and picturesque can be located in the middle of this massive city center!  Every city should have one!

Two more installments of our Seoul trip comin’ right up! xoxo

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