Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Korea Seoul day 2 - Gyeongbok gung, Deoksugung, Myeongdong street

Day 2
[Click here to see my Day 1 itinarary.]

Craving for Korean Ginseng chicken? This is the place to go, Tosokchon.

Here's how to get there: Gyeongbukgong stn(yellow), Exit 2-->walk for about 3 min after passing a fruit store.

It has quite a big serving so it is good for brunch. The soup is served with kimchi and a small cup of ginseng wine. There's glutinous rice inside the chicken so it is filling indeed.

Gyeongbok gung

Guard changing ceremony at the gate
The palace is actually nearest to Anguk station. Being here is the reason why we need to have a filling brunch - the palace ground of Gyeongbok gung is HUGE. It can get quite warm and sunny in the afternoon, so bringing along an umbrella or a cap would be a good idea.

Besides relentless browsing through the various royalty quarters in the palaces, we also explored the museum which gave us great insights to Joseon's history and the rise of this dynasty.

Gyeongbok gung is one of the best palaces for cherry blossom viewing this season. The pictures say it all isn't it?

Pretty pretty white petals.

After the palace tour, we popped by Dongdaemun along the way. Artsy stuff.

Dongdaemun Plaza

Not tombs. These are rank stones.

The palace ground is not very big, so almost behind every wide view photo-shot here you could see high rise buildings framing the ancient roofs. I call it the place of past-meets-present.

In the picture above, you could see many carved stones lined up in a neat row. That is a part of the morning assembly ground. In the olden days when the emperor gathered his subjects, they would stand in order of ranks as per carved on the stones to make their daily reports.

Back to myeongdong

In the day time, Myeongdong street is relatively quiet. You would have shopkeepers from the arrays of skincare shops beckoning you to go into their shops as you stroll by or trying to entice you with samples. In the evening, the whole street would come alive. You would be able to get cutsie ear-rings for less than SGD$2 from street vendors.
The street food may be a little on the expensive side but they are good stuff. Bought a cup of honey-comb ice cream and big strawberry mochi.
Mochi bunny.
Amongst all things cute in Myeongdong, we saw more cuties at Lotte town.

Lee Min Ho meets Kim Soo Hyun.
How I wish I could see them in real person. *drools*
The merchandises at Lotte town are more high-end than Lotte mart so I don't really recommend shopping there unless you are have a fat wallet to part with.

Stay tune for more upcoming posts!

Day 1 Here we come Seoul!
Day 2 Palaces tour
Day 3 Ewha and Hongdae
Day 4 Gangchon rail bike and Nami Island
Day 5 DMZ and Gangnam shipping
Day 6 Gwangjang market, Changdeok gung

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