On this wet morning, we set out to Gyeongbukgung Palace, which is a few train stations and a good 15 minutes walk from Ganghwamun Station (Subway Line 5). We took Exit 2 and walked another 400 meters before reaching our destination.
Travelling by the train like the locals. We had gone after the morning peak hour so the trains were not as crowded.
Built in 1395, the palace is commonly referred to as the Northern Palace and it has the reputation of being the most beautiful and the largest. We spent 3 hours there yet didn't manage to cover the entire area.
The garden where the royals took leisure strolls and enjoyed the tranquil surroundings.
Throne Hall Compound - Geunjeongjeon Hall where important state functions were held.
These stones indicates rankings. Court officials lined up in order from the lowest rank (9th) to the top rank (1st).
Activity 5: Bukchon Hanok Village
Another quaint area we had on our list was the Bukchon Hanok Village which was within walking distance. This was where the aristocratic classes lived during the Joseon Dynasty. Although some families still live there, most of the hanoks have been converted into chic galleries, restaurants, cafés and accessory shops. What we loved about the place: the juxtaposition between tradition and modernity.
It was like we have been transported back in time...