AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 7 (SEOUL) – Changdeokgung, Gwanjgang Market, Namsan Tower

I guess some of you want to know more about my trip in Korea, so with all of my will I try to write this post diligently when office break in Friday. It’s long break because of Friday Prayer. Well, from Jongmyo Shrine we went to Changdeokgung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997. In Changdeokgung Palce there is a Secret Garden or Huwon. Huwon is the best place for the King and royal family to take a rest from political issues. It’s like place for relaxation, meditation, vacation for them.

The Admission Fee to Changdeokgung is 3000 KRW and for Huwon is 5000 KRW. So if you want to visit both place you must pay 8000 KRW. But if you buy Integrated ticket for 10000 KRW, you will get ticket for Jongmyo Shrine and 4 palaces include Huwon. So better buy Integrated ticket I think. But to enter Huwon, we must follow the tour , we can not enter as we like. There are some session in a days, one session is limited to 100 person. We arrived late there, so no more session for that day, we cannot enter the Huwon, we just see the entrance. *sob *sob

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

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Autumn in Korea – Day 7 (Seoul) – Blue House “Cheongwadae” , Jongmyo Shrine

Today we will go to Cheong Wa Dae or known as Blue House (청와대). It’s called Blue House because it has blue roof. Simple right. Cheong wa dae is presidential residence, it’s like White House in USA, or Istana Negara in Indonesia.  It’s open to public, so tourist can go there, with reservation before, tourist will be guided in groups and will be taken around the place. We were really curious about cheong wa dae, so we decided to take the tour. We reserved the tour via web. you can check it here. Foreigner must be reserved the tour at least 3 weeks before. We must enter our personal information like name and passport number correctly, because it will be checked and if we make a mistake, we can not enter the tour.

Cheong Wa Dae "Blue House"

Cheong Wa Dae “Blue House”

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AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 6(SEOUL) – Gyeongbokgung , Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Mr.Pizza

Continue my story Autumn in Korea, this post is about what we did in Seoul. This is our 1st day in Seoul but already 6th day we are in South Korea. We already falling in love with South Korea, the food, the culture, the scenery, and Seoul made us love autumn and Korea more. It’s a big city with so many thing there. In metropolitan area, it’s hard for us to find a good tourist spot, with culture and nature combine well. But in Seoul they maintain their culture and their legacy so well. Their heritage is still standing in the right place magnificently, maybe it is not exactly same with what it is in their glorious day. But at least Korean try really hard to keep it alive. In this aspect I think Indonesia need to  learn from South Korea. Because I believe Indonesia have a lot of things to be showed off to other people too.

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Gyeongbokgung area – love yellow tree

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AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 6(SEOUL) – First step in Seoul , Tosokchon

If you read my last post, I already tell you that we stay overnight at Jimjilbang. We didn’t get a good sleep there, but at least we got good experience.  We had flight in the morning, so we woke up early that day. Start with Miss Pepz, she woke up 4 am in the morning, she enjoy bathing alone, and dip her body in the hot tube without anybody see her. I woke up around 5 am and didn’t find Miss Pepz and Big Sis; I guessed they already went down stairs. I saw Mr. Damz still sleeping there; I let him sleep more because I thought it’s too early to wake up him. So I woke up and went down. I found Miss Pepz and Big Sis sat while watched television. Miss Pepz already took a bath.  So I decided to prepare myself too. I didn’t shower today. I already clean my self tomorrow night, so I just wash my face and brush my tooth. And then I followed Miss Pepz and Big Sis watching TV. We bought ramen cup to fill our cold stomach. After we finished, we checked Mr. Damz. He was ready too. So we met at the receptionist. Yesterday, we asked the receptionist to call a taxi for us. Thankfully she is so helpful, the taxi comes in time and we directly went to airport.

Flight Jeju - Seoul this picture make me think I already leave earth atmosphere

Flight Jeju – Seoul
this picture make me think I already leave earth atmosphere

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AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 5(JEJU) – Dongmun Market , Isaac Toast, Burim Land Jimjilbang

Still at Day 5 and still in Jeju, from Seongsan Ilchubong we went to fill out hungry stomach. We go to market, Dongmun Market. With the GPS, it’s so easy to reach the market.The hard place is to find a parking area. Thanks for the GPS, the also showed us the parking area, but we must went to several place, before we find empty parking area. I think the land is owned by locals, so there are an Ahjussi sit in a small hut in corner of the parking area, he is a keeper of this parking area, so we must get the parking ticket from him first before leave our car park there.
At that time, we want to do our business, so we start to find where is the toilet. we entered the 1st mart we find, and she pointed to us the nearest toilet. It’s located in front of government office. The toilet is clean,the problem is there is no tissue, so prepare it by yourself ya.

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Dongmun Market

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AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 5(JEJU) – Cheonjiyeon Waterfall , Soesokkak Estuary, Seopjikoji , Seongsan Ilchulbong

Well, this post is about our 5th days in South Korea. Still at jeju island, we will continue our last day at Jeju today, tommorow early in the morning, we will fly to Seoul. We will go to waterfall today. We choose Cheonjeyeon waterfall, because there are angel bridge there. But somehow we arrived at Cheonjiyeon waterfall. We even don’t know what the difference, the name is almost same, so we think cheonjiyeon and cheonjeyeon is same.But when we arrived we didn’t find the bridge, so we draw a conclusion that we arrived at wrong place. But fortunately it’s fun in Cheonjiyeon, a festival is being held there when we come, so there are so many performance and of course so many food.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

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AUTUMN IN KOREA – DAY 4(JEJU) – Teddy Bear Museum, Alive Museum

Still at Day 4, we went to Teddy bear Museum. There are 2 Teddy bear Museum in Korea, in Seoul and in Jeju and we decided to go to Jeju Museum. There are a lot of museum in jeju, so for all museum lovers, don’t forget to visit Jeju once in your life time. Near Teddy Bear Musuem, there is Ripley believe it or not, actually Ripley is one of our destination, but when we arrived there , the sun started to going down but we still want to go to Alive museum . So we skipped Ripley, and went straight t Teddy Bear Museum. But, the building is unique, so we took our time a little bit for one two pose.

Posing in front of Ripley Believe it or Not

Posing in front of Ripley Believe it or Not

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