South Korea Adventure 1.0

Annyeonghaseyo everyone! We are now on my third post about our Korean Adventure 🇰🇷. My first blog, was about how we procured our visa, my second blog was about our stay at the Kimchee Sinchon Guesthouse. Today, is a post of our adventures in the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace 🏯 then to the National Palace Museum of Korea and down to the Bukchon Hanok Village. At the end of the blog is a video, I made for to show you our trip. The video is also uploaded in Youtube, in case you want to check it out.

Let us start off, with this series of photos of our flight going to South Korea…✈️

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Touchdown South Korea!
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Cool toilets for the elderly and disabled!

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When my grandma asked me to accompany her to the toilet, I brought her here. It was hilarious, as I didn’t first see the buttons for close and open. I just closed the door with all my might and the door wasn’t locking. Haha! I’m just glad in the end I figured it out before granny was done peeing.

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Mon papa et mes grand-meres
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Train directly from Incheon International Aiport to the station near our guesthouse
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Of course, selfie is a must!
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Sinchon Area
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Our very first Korean dinner. Haha. We got there late.
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You know me and my IG-worthy photos. Haha #vain
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The following day

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These two ajummas kept us fed and were very kind to both of my grandmothers. We ended up eating here every meal.

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Always start with a good breakfast!

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Deposit your subway cards after use to refund 500 KRW back!
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Always prepared!

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Koreans are very polite to the elderly. They would stand to let them old seat.

Travelling throughout Seoul is a breeze due to their well-connected subway system. Download the app Seoul Subway from the App Store or simply ask from the Tourist Information for a map. 🚈 🚊

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Built during the 1300s and was known as the Northern Palace. It is the largest and most grandeur from all 5 remaining palaces in South Korea. (Source: english.visitkorea.or.kr)
*Note: They are closed during Tuesdays, for more details, click the source link above*

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Always look for these exit signs to find your way out.

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Ginormous!

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Beautiful.

You may notice the few pictures we have that is because we forgot to do a thorough research and came on a Tuesday. Nevertheless, we enjoyed what we saw.

How we got there:
Hongik University Station (Line 2-Green Line) => Euljiro 3-ga (Euljiro sam-ga) change to Line 3 or Orange line => Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3-Orange Line)

National Palace of Museum Korea
The museum was built on September 1908 and was first known as the “Korean Imperial Museum”. Originally it was in the Changgyeonggung Palace, but in 2005 it is placed in a modern building up until today near the Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Source: Wikipedia) Entrance is free and you may take photos (without flash) within. Free wifi is also available. For more details click this link.

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Yes, I am feeling it!

 

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Behold! The Iron Throne, I mean the King’s throne.
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Portrait of the Joseon Kings
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Sorry, my hand was shaking with excitement.

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Wedding Bands

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The Queen!
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The Imperial Car

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Self-striking Water Clock that chimed in just in time we were there!

 

How we got there:
The Museum is just across the Palace.
Bukchon Hanok Village
This village is known for its traditional houses called “hanok”. It is also within the surrounding of two palaces and a shrine. Some of the houses are offered as guesthouses to tourists or cultural workshops. (Source: english.visitkorea.or.kr)

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I was tempted to enter here!
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They place this on the sidewalk to guide tourists.
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Here we go!
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There are tons of hanbok rentals across the area.

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Obligatory shot

How we got there:
Gyeongbokgung Palace (Line 3-Orange Line) => Anguk Station (Line 3-Orange Line)

On our way home, we chanced upon some famous Korean street foods and got to have some tteokbokki! Yum!

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Those J-shaped ice cream cones.
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They all look tired. Aww
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But first, dinner in the two ajumma’s place. Bibimbap!
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Udon
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Spicy Seafood Rice

Our first day of adventure might seem short compared to our previous trips. However, to my grandparents, it was a long one. They needed leg massages as soon as we got back to the guesthouses and smelled of menthol ointments to soothe the pain. But they definitely enjoyed the memories and culture to cherish.

As promised, here is the video I made. Hope y’all enjoy it!

 

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

I also want to thank my bestfriend, Chen who encouraged me to do a video out of this trip and my brother, Nick for being my impromptu photographer.

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