On our second day in Seoul, following our planned itinerary, with our four layers of clothes and our resolve to wander where the wifi is weak (though wifi is never weak in Seoul) off we go to Gyeongbok Palace for oppa hunting! I mean, sightseeing. LOLs.
Coming out of Gwanghwamun Station, we’ve got a glimpse of this prominent figure. Sitting at the center of Gwanghawmun Square with a gentle smile on his face and a book in his hand was our first oppanim of the day (Am I even allowed to call him oppa? :D) , the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, Sejong the Great! How great is he that he was one of the only two Korean kings that have the word “great” affixed in their names? During his reign, he is known to have fixed the prejudice of classes by helping intelligent but low-class prodigies, He gave slaves and even spouses 100 days off for maternity leave, and, his greatest achievement, he created the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, which is still being used today. Okay, moving on, enough of my history-jabbering-and-tattling, walking further we’ll reach Gyeongbok Palace.
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace, is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. It is designated as South Korea’s Historic Site No.117 on January 21, 1963. Gyeongbok means Shining Happiness. (Source: KTO)
Directions: Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5 or Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2
Admission Fee: Included in Integrated Palace Ticket (KRW 10,000)
I was asked, what makes my blog different from the others? I don’t know how to answer, I don’t have an answer. While writing this latest blog entry, looking at the pictures I realized that I’m not aiming to be different, I just wanted to have a go-to-place to recollect and reminisce about the places I’ve been to (I can’t have all these photos saved on my phone forever. LOL), so that I’ll have a few-clicks-away-happy-pill when I’m down or uninspired. So while reading my own writing I can look back happily and say; I can’t believe I’ve been there, I’ve seen that and I did that. 🙂
All photos were taken by me and my sister Feb using our iPhone 7 and Canon EOS 1000D.