Friday, July 5, 2013

Seoul, Korea Highlights: Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Places Visited: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Getting There: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and proceed to Exit 5. The palace grounds are open from 09:00~18:00 (March ~ October) and 09:00~17:00 (November ~ February). Gyonegbokgung Palace is closed Tuesday. Admission is 3,000 won.

Constructed in 1394, Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) by its founder, King Taejo, and is often considered to be the grandest of all five palaces. I figured I would be bored to death if I visited all 5 so why not just go for the best one especially if you're short of time? 

All I could think about when I was there were 3 things: 
1. The weather is too f**king hot.
2. The palace is way too big. 
3. Holy! The palace is beautiful! I really love the artistic details and colours! 

So lessons learnt: BATHE in sun block, expect to spend AT LEAST 3 hours covering the palace, instagram/snap photos like mad because everything is so amazingly picturesque. And if you really had to visit Korea during the summer like I did, hop on to the nearest cafe for a HUGE cool bowl of 'Bingsu' (shaved ice) after your tour of the palace. 

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