[Travel] Seoul 7D Free And Easy – Day 3

Today we walked to Gyeongbokgung, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. It is also referred to as the Northern Palace, while the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung is known as Eastern Palace and the Gyeonghuigung, Western Palace.

Be sure to take note of the timings of the various ceremonies. We reached the palace 15 mins early for the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. When the ceremony is over, the time will be perfect for the guided tour.

Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony
Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony
Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate)
09:30, 13:30 / 15 minutes per ceremony

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Notices are easy to spot and no pre-registration is required unless you are travelling in a BIG group!

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The weather was pretty cold and my iphone that was 100% charged before we left the hotel like half an hour ago… drained so fast I had to apply heat packs on it >_<

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Within the palace compound are plenty of scenic spots for Instagraming, however, how the pictures turn out also depends on the season when you visit Korea.

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Brown is the primary color of pictures as most of the trees and land are still quite bare post-winter.

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So, if you are going during winter, poster-winter months, wear something colorful, like my mom! Haha!

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One of the last few leaves still hanging…

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Departure shot as we head to Tosokchon for their famous Ginseng Chicken Soup!

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Plan your time to avoid long queues like this. I think May visited this place too but pre/post lunch time so there wasn’t any queue.

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Smells great! But honestly, I found it a little on the bland side… After we had our fill, we walked over to Buchon and passed by Cheongwadae (Blue House).

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A man of the Sewol victims making a silent protest. April 16, 2014. Whatever theories there are about the sacrificing of the victims, how could there be no efforts in finding the victims’ bodies?!

yellow ribbon

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After all those walking, it’s easy to fall prey to the first dessert store you see… so, we decided to take a rest at O’sulloc ^^

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why do they like to add adzuki with green tea… I always find it a strange combination for Japanese and Korean desserts. I love red bean ice cream, I love green tea ice cream, but I hate eating them together.

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This notice board tells you where are the photo spots in Bukchon.

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After a climb up a long flight of stairs.. we found a place for traditional costume experience.

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Hello, hello, this is Ah Huey speaking~

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Aldric’s hat looks so funny, reminds me of Dragon Ball!

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Bukchon Hanok Village is lined with traditional Korean houses. Many dramas are shot here, such as Heartstrings, Personal Tastes

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The noisiest weren’t the tourists but the local teenagers who were talking and laughing loudly… 20150316_171448Sunset by the stairways. I stopped to take this picture because the wire pole looked like a cross… 😛

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Head to Myeongdong for shopping again and decided to have Andong Chicken for dinner. The food is delicious and enough to share 🙂

Overview

Day 3 (Mar 16, Mon) Gyeongbokgung (main palace), Ginseng Chicken Soup, Bukchon Traditional House

  • Wake up 8am and prepare. Proceed to Gyeongbokgung Station. (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
  • Reach by 9.45am for the 10am ceremony of opening of the palace gate and guard changing procession.
  • Performance Times:  10:00-15:00 (6 times a day/ on the hour)
Directions – Address : 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

[Subway]

Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5

OR, Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2 and walk 400 meters.

Operating Hours [Closed on Tuesdays]
March-May 09:00-18:00

 

Admission Fees
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won

Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won

 

Integrated Ticket of Palaces (Suggested)

– Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palace (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine

– The ticket is 10,000 won and may be used within a month after purchase.

Interpretation Services
Tours depart in front of the Information Center at Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문). Duration: 1 hr – 1 hr 30 min

English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30

Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

  • Try on hanbok clothes
  • Exit via Gwanghwamun as we will be heading for lunch at Tosokchon which serves the best Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup) in Seoul
  • Bukchon
  • Dinner
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