ASIA, BOTANICAL, SOUTH KOREA, TRAVEL

Seoul visual diary: Changgyeonggung and Daeonsil, part 1

29th October 2014

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

Changgyeonggung - Seoul

A long-overdue blog post and (drum roll, please)… I’m very excited to share my visual diary from Seoul, I can’t believe it has taken 5 months to slap the photos on the blog, my, I really do take my time there.  It was my second visit to Seoul in the last 5 years, previously my Korean cultural experience was so-so.  This time I asked my younger brother Ken of popular blog Seoul State of Mind (he lives in Gwangju province) to spend 2.5 days with me in Seoul, I haven’t seen Ken since our sister’s wedding 2 years ago so it was a good time for some catch-up, plus he acted as my private tour guide!  He knows every nook and cranny in Seoul, and he can speak Korean, daebak!

We visited Changgyeong Palace (창경궁) in Waryong Park, Jongno district, a 10 minute walk from Hyehwa subway station, on the Seoul Subway Line 4. Let me tell you something, the palace grounds were massive, it was like a forbidden city with numerous residential quarters to house the king, queen, concubines, queen mother, attendants eunuchs, maids, and officials.  Along with ornate pavilions, gates, shrines, Daeonsil (the Great Greenhouse), and countless numbers of halls for different purposes.  To step foot in the old 15th Century palace from Joseon Dynasty was quite surreal, I was in awe of everything, having been a big fan of Korean period dramas since I first watched Dae Jang Geum in 2004, I was mesmerised by its ancient culture – the food, costumes, etiquette, beauty, and the beautiful language. I was hooked!

We couldn’t leave the palace without visiting the Great Greenhouse ‘Daeonsil’, a stunning enclosed botanical garden built in 1909, a perfect place to escape from the burning heat and torrential downpour, or even for a romantic cuddle.


Address: Changgyeonggung, 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul.

서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185.

Admission fees varies by season, click HERE for more info.

Wardrobe: Lace dress – courtesy of Dahlia, mesh jacket – courtesy of Stills Atelier, shoes from Kurt Geiger, sunglasses from Topshop, vinyl bag – courtesy of GoldenLane.


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7 Comments

  • Reply Apple Choi 30th October 2014 at 02:59

    Absolutely stunning! Wish I was there to see the amazing place.

  • Reply Sam 30th October 2014 at 04:28

    Why not come china?

  • Reply Sarah Lise 30th October 2014 at 04:31

    You look lovely Kit!

  • Reply Pinky 30th October 2014 at 04:34

    Beautiful.

  • Reply Joanna 30th October 2014 at 05:27

    This was one place we missed out! Went to Gyeongbokgong and Changdeokgong labour Daeonsil looks amazing! Can’t wait for the other parts of this visual diary!! ♡ ♡

  • Reply Francesca Him 30th October 2014 at 18:54

    My husband and I went to Seoul on our honeymoon a few years, we loved the food and traditional Korean buildings, your post has brought back some lovely memories. I’d love to visit there again.

  • Reply Alice 31st October 2014 at 14:44

    Amazing post, Kit
    Absolutely love it!

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