Korea: Day 10 

Pictures taken on Thursday, 11/19/15, in Seoul, South Korea.

We visited yet another palace situated right smack dab in the middle of busy city of Seoul. I’m still at awe that we are able to visit and walk around old palaces where royalties used to live. It was an amazing experience. The palace was filled with Korean culture and history. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

 Inside the palace looking at the city’s skyscrapers.
  Where the King used to sit
    Beautiful architect
   Hemispheric Sundial.
  
  Gyeonghoeru – used to hold important and special state banquets during the Joseon Dynasty. Korea’s National Treasure No. 224. AKA – Party house!
  
 Museum at the Gyeongbokgung palace – timeline of Korea from 700,000 B.C.
  Replica of old Korean town: Medicine, herb store.
  Replica of old Korean town: Cigarette store.  Replica of old Korean town: old Korean cigarettes.
  Replica of old Korean town: barber shop.  Replica of old Korean town: magazine, comic store.
    Replica of old Korean town: train.
  

 Looking out from the palace and into Seoul.
  Guards wearing their old traditional uniforms.

  Guards in their old Korean traditional uniforms.

  Outside of the palace. It’s amazing to see an old palace standing alongside Seoul’s skyscrapers.

  City near Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. It’s filled with unique shopping stores. I’m going to dedicate another blog post about Korean culture. But here’s a preview. I don’t know about you, but I love window shopping but also to go into the store to browse and leave without buying anything. This is often seen offensive to the Korean vendors (maybe not to all Korean store owners but to the majority). So, after shopping a lot in Seoul and getting rude, short comments or looks, I stopped going “into” the stores unless I was going to buy something. It was a stressful commitment to shop in some parts of Korea. Also, shop owners haggle you to come into their stores and look. If you’re the type who likes to shop in peace and quiet…brace yourself if you ever visit Korea!

  Lunch – side dishes

  spicy octopus

  Pork belly


Street food – bread with red bean paste or chocolate inside.   Shopping center with 4 floors and a rooftop. Can you tell what’s unique about this shopping plaza? The shops are built like structure of a motel. The entrance to all the shops are located on one side, by the railing. And, the floors are all connected so that you can start at the bottom of this building and walk in circle up to the roof without using a separate stairwell. But there are stairs at the corners of the building in case you don’t want to walk in multiple circles to reach to the top of the building.   At the roof of the shopping plaza – where people can print a picture and write notes to hang on the wall.  Street food – fried mandu (dumplings).  Street food – possibly, the best fried mandu ever.

   Ended the day with dinner – Korean beef and Shabu-Shabu.

 College street performers in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea (홍대). We found an airbnb near Hongdae which is a walking distance to Hongik University. It’s known for it’s best architecture and design institution in South Korea. There were a  lot of artistic stores and pop-ups around this city. Not to mention, like all of Seoul, many of the restaurants and shopping stores were opened late until 3 or 4AM.

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