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I was surprised to learn that in Seoul, there are not only one but five major palaces. Among them, Gyeongbokgung is Korea’s largest and most important palace.
When visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, don’t miss the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony or the Ceremony of Guarding Gwanghwamun Gate. The events will happen almost every hour between 10 am and 4 pm at Gyeongbokgung Palace, every day except Tuesdays.
Royal Guard Changing Ceremony: 10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony
The ceremony of Guarding Gwanghwamun Gate: 11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony * Events may be canceled in the case of rain.
Note: The structure of a Hanbok is much more complex than today’s modern clothing. So don’t hesitate to ask the seller to introduce and guide how to wear this costume.
Explore Bukchon Hanok Ancient Village
Located between Gyeongbokgung palaces and Changdeokgung Palace is a famous old village called Bukchon Hanok.
The village is home to more than 400 old houses that you often see in Korean historical dramas. The area has many lovely cafes, tranquil tea ceremonies, restaurants, and souvenir shops selling exquisite Korean handicrafts.
Located about 60 km from the capital, Nami Island is an ideal place to visit if you are a fan of Korean dramas.
The island has a unique semicircle, like a leaf boat standing out on the long river. In the center of the island, there is a lush green lawn of up to 260,000 square meters, surrounded by vegetation, including chestnut trees and birch trees. Also, Nami island has a zoo, botanical garden, and attractive entertainment area.
The island has its unique beauty every season, but the best time to visit Nami Island is autumn when the trees begin to change color.
Travel tips: I recommend taking a day tour that includes Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, and Gangchon Rail Bike experience.
Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Namdaemun is Korea’s largest traditional market. Here, not only go sightseeing, but you can also find and buy the freshest fruits and vegetables, which are specialties of the land of kimchi.
The market is also the gateway for you to enter the world of Korean cuisine with delicious street food.
Go shopping at Myeongdong
Address: Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong is one of the busiest shopping districts in Seoul. It’s the gateway to the world of fashion and cosmetics. You can find all the famous Korean cosmetic brands in Myeongdong, from Innisfree to Tony Moly and MISSHA.
I love getting lost in Myeongdong, trying products, and getting free samples. Myeongdong is also a famous place for theme cafes, notably Hello Kitty cafes, puppy coffee, and cats.
Stroll around Seokchon Lake
Seokchon Lake is a highlight of the city, bringing natural color to the bustling town. Especially from March to April, you can experience the traditional Korean cherry blossom festival here.
In addition to watching cherry blossoms blooming, you can also enjoy the jubilant atmosphere of the festival and try interesting activities.