Seoul Palaces

2 must see Seoul Palaces surrounded by Cityscape

In the Spring I visited South Korea for two weeks. While I spent most of my time in Seoul, I also visited Busan for a few days. I loved everything about South Korea; the things I saw, tasted, and experienced were incredible! Throughout the year I will be doing a series of posts about my trip. Check out the full series under the tag Lea In KoreaNo trip to Korea is complete without visiting one of Seoul’s Palaces. We visited two Palaces Deoksugung & Gyeongbokgung, both are in the thick of the city. Visiting them will transport you into Korea’s past. The visitors are also part of the fun as many groups and couples are dressed hanbok traditional Korean outfits.

Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace was smaller with a quieter atmosphere when we wandered over on a Wednesday. Stepping up to the gate I was looking into the past with my feet planted beside the bustling city street. It was only 1,000 W to enter and we visited at the perfect time. It was quiet and because it was mid-April, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom throughout the site.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

A few days later we took the metro over to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Before we entered I could tell it was much bigger than the last one, the walls around it went down along the street further than I could see. As we approached the gate the guards were smartly dressed in traditional outfits and standing at attention. Admission was 2,400W and beside it was the National Folk Museum of Korea (free admission). We spent all day exploring the two places – what a great deal!

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– Lea in Korea.

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