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We (unintentionally) gatecrashed a wedding in Unhyeongung

On our fourth day in Seoul, we slept for as long as we could and took our time with breakfast. Our goal was to visit nearby areas — the Jongmyo Shrine, Unhyeongung, the War Memorial, and whichever other place struck our (read: my) fancy. Unhyeongung used to be where the crown prince Gojong stayed before… Continue reading We (unintentionally) gatecrashed a wedding in Unhyeongung

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Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung (Hint: Visit the Secret Garden!)

Changdeokgung, built in the 1400s,ย is aย UNESCO World Heritage Site.ย Like Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung was also burnt down during the 1592 Japanese invasion — not by the Japanese, but by citizens angry at their king for abandoning them — but it was the first palace to be rebuilt, in 1610. The royal court was thus moved here. Now,… Continue reading Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung (Hint: Visit the Secret Garden!)

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From Gwanghamun Square to Gyeongbokgung

Sure — the pen is mightier than the sword. But to keep the Joseon dynasty strong and glorious, both pen and sword had to be wielded by its greatest people. Gwanghwamun Square features two large statues. One is ofย Yi Sun-shin in a very badass pose, which perfectly befits his accomplishments. Admiral Yi found glory in… Continue reading From Gwanghamun Square to Gyeongbokgung