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 is near from Jongmyo Shrine. SO we just took a walk from Jongmyo to Changdeokgung. The path is not too big, but it’s pretty I think. In the side we will see Jongmyo Shrine wall and the other side we will see autumn tree. So pretty I think. After some steps, we found a little park too, it has fitness tools, so we start to use it for a while. Little bit “ndeso” I think, because in my country there is no park like this before. Fortunately we have it now.
After arrive at Changdeokgung, we directly went to the entrance and little bit disapointed because we came late, and the English tour is already started and we missed it. We missed the Huwon and we missed the English Tour. What a day. Jongmyo Shrine Tour guide gave us wrong information, She said it will be start at 4 pm, but actually it start at 3.30 pm. So, we decided to walked around by our self, and if we found the English tour group we can just enter the group.
Compare to Gyeongbokgung, I think Gyeongbkgung looks more grand than Changdeokgung. The building, the throne, the size. But Chengdeokgung has more unique place inside, like Huwon, and not palace sytle building. In palace mostly the building in red and the shape is symmetric. But here we can find the white building with not symmetric shape.
Beside Changdeokgung Palace, there is Changgyeonggung Palace. But we are too tired to explore it. And we guess it will be the same with the other. So we decided to go to Gwanjang Market. We are hungry too after a lot of walking today. but actually I regret it, after I read some article about Changgyeonggung, there are a beautiful greenhouse there. It’s like a green house where President snow was imprisoned (If you watch Hunger Games Series I think you know what i mean).
It’s not that far from Changdeokgung to Gwanjang Market. You can take a walk if you are not tired, but we are not walker. So we choose to took public transportation to got there. The Gwangjang Market is the nation’s first market. So many things is sold here. you can find silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores, hanbok. But the main reason we went there is the food. So many variety show like running man went to this place. And it’s really make us drooling see them. So, we go there not for buy silk, but for eat. We walked there, and amazed with so many restaurant there. We found the one running man has visited before. They sell Mayak Kimbap. Mayak Kimbap is mini kimbap, rice rolled with nori and filled with some vegetable, sprinkle with sesame oil and sesame seed. So delicious.
So many restaurant there, they sell bibimbap, bindetteok, tteoknokki, sundae, jeokbal, japchae, soup, pajeon, and many more. Our stomach start growling inside, so we decided to sit in one of restaurant. The chair is in aluminium foil, and as we seat it become hotter, we realized the chair has heater, that’s why the wrapped it with aluminium foil, for keep the heat. and this is what we ordere.
The taste is so so i think, but the experience is nice. the tteokbokki and the jeokbal is not as delicious as we ate in Busan. but it’s cheaper. As I told you before I don’t like sundae everywhere we ate ther, Miss pepz and Mr Damz finished it all. The japchae is good, but not really special. We ate oden too here, but I didn’t capture it because I am hungry….
After we fill our stomach, we go to Namsan Tower. We will use Cable car to go to the top. So from all browsing and read a lot of blog. the easiest way is we must go to Seoul Station, and from ther we must took a bus to go to Namsan Cable Car. The bus is free, and there is a cable car icon in the bus body. So if you want to ride it too, please look carefully. Don’t ride the number bus like 03, 02, 04, 05 because it’s not go to Namsan Cable Car it go to directly to the Namsan Tower and we must pay when we rode that bus. Actually it will be cheaper ride the numbered bus compared to Cable car, but we just want to try. Hahahaha
The cable car fee is 8500 KRW return trip and 6000 KRW one way. After finish bought the ticket we queue in a line to use Cable car. There a lot of people, but the queue is fast, because the cable car can take a lot of people and the trip is not more than 5 minutes. The view is great from Cable car, please make sure you stand near the wall, so you can see clearly. But if you afraid of height make sure you don’t look down. So many couple go there, so it’s just normal sight when you see some people kiss each other.
In Namsan Tower or N Seoul tower, we can see a lot of padlock there. A lot of couple go ther to lock their love there. This tower is famous because this love padlock. You can see a all kind of padlock with a lot of colours here. The sad thing is, it is made by iron, so the old one is become rust and not pretty anymore. Beside the padlock there is a place to write their wish here, it will be write in a panel and it will be taped on the wall. So many couple go here i think.
There are a Pavillion in Namsan tower. After we finish our sight seeing there, we sat at the pavilion for a while. We sat there and open our snack. We bought Market O – Real brownie. The packaging is so cute right. But I don’t really like it, too sweet I think. We also bough a bindetteok from gwanjang, and ate it there. maybe because it’s already cool, it’s too oily and I don’t like it too.
We going back rode Namsan Cable Car. But from the terminal there are no Shuttle bus anymore to drive us home. So we asked someone how to go to nearest subway and he just calling an ahjusshi and his wife who talked to him before, and asked them to bring me with them. I guess they want to go to subway too. When we walked down together, we know that the couple is Korean but they live in USA. They were in vacation. After arrive to the subway entrance we departed. We went home directly, too tired to go another place. And that’s it our 7th day is finished.
I will continue our day Korea in my next pose. Stay tune guys.