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.