Korea 2011 – Day 03 (Part 1)

After a good 3 days of getting used to this wonderful country, Korea, I’m slowly beginning to fall in love with the sights and flavours on what it has to offer – a little spicy and memorable! I’d be splitting Day 3’s worth of sights into 2 post as it’s too image heavy!

Breakfast to start the day off – Nongshim ramyeon + Maxim’s coffee style!

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Off we head to Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) located at “Gyeongbokgung Palace Station” #Exit 5.

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Opening time of the area is from 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

National Palace Museum of Korea – Closed every MONDAY
Gyeongbokgung Palace – Closed every TUESDAY
The National Folk Museum of Korea – Closed every TUESDAY

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A stretch of stairs awaits as you climb your way up!

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Entry price is KRW 3,000 but do look out for a combined ticket price of 10,000 (If I didn’t remember wrongly) if you plan to visit more than 2 palaces located within Seoul. That ticket would allow you access to the 5 palaces (Changdeokgung Palace (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine) + it’s valid for ONE whole month upon purchase! So definitely keep a lookout for that!

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I don’t know if this is the usual height of the guards in the past but I’m very sure they are HUGE looking – Mom and myself is around 161cm, so yes, you can do the proportion breakdown on your own. Ps, we didn’t dare to stand near him either, he has this fierce aura, okay lah, I coward, that explains the gap between us!

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Signs of SPRING!

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I really mean that everything I see is such a scenic worthy view – mountains, trees, water + good air! This is especially interesting for an urban person who grew up in concrete walls!

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See, this is what I mean, I wished I could PAINT/DRAW something like this! This is located at the courtyard itself, which brings me to think, life in a palace back then isn’t that bad of an idea – at least you can get to enjoy such wonderful views while you slog like crazy.

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It’s my very first time seeing a cherry blossom flower in person which got me very excited since I’ve read seen it only in storybooks or films. I can only describe it as an alluring flower, a very sweet danity one too! Trust me, I’m not a huge fan of the colour pink but surprisingly I’m attracted to it!

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MUST TAKE PHOTO WITH FLOWER!!

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Made new little cute friends!!

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Inner courtyard

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Just had to snap a photo Korean policemen (경찰)

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Then the highlight of visiting Gyeongbokgung has got to be the changing of guards that is displayed hourly from 10 AM – 3 PM, so don’t miss it.

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Goodbye and hello.

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Colours of the flags.

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‘Fashion statement’ shoes, I like!

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Here’s what to expect during the changing of guards ceremony.

Be prepared to spend a few hours here as there is just too many courts to explore and sadly we had to move on but what greeted us was just simply too beautiful and it’s moments like this that I wished Singapore is a country with 4 seasons!!

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