Monday, February 15, 2016

Korea Photo Diary (Part I: Seoul, Gyeongbokgung, N Seoul Tower)

Gyeongbokgung was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. This palace was the place for the Kings of Joseon Dynasty, the King's households, as well as the government of Joseon. 
If you've ever watched the korean drama Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace), the Gyeongbokgung's royal kitchen is where the story took place. My mother, father and I used to watch this drama together. If you haven't watch it yet, I recommend you to watch.
Back to the Gyeongbokgung, it is a very beautiful place. If you pay attention to the tiny details, it is even more amazing. This place is so big and you can tell this was once a great palace with a great history inside.
What I personally like about this place is the contrast of the classic buildings of the palace and the modern sky scrapper buildings around it. They are opposites in styles, but they don't compete. Instead, they make a good harmony.

N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower)
N Seoul Tower a.k.a Namsan Tower is located in Namsan Montain. You can see the panoramic view of the Seoul City from up here. Sounds familiar? You probably remember it from the drama Boys Before Flowers, where Gu Jun-Pyo waited for Geum Jan-Di in Namsan Tower until late at night and he got sick afterwards. Yes, this is the place.
Oh and there is also this famous love locks here. You can buy the love locks and wrote your name and your loved ones on it, and then what you got to do to make your lover's heart locks on yours forever is to lock it there. From old times, there was a story that if lovers make a wish at a shrine on Namsan, it will come true. A lot of couples went here. Well, I think not all people believe in this story, but surely they find it somewhat romantic. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you to don't throw away the keys. Besides it's littering the environment, you can actually exchange the key for a rose at the souvenir shop. Romantic times two.
In case you're wondering how to get there since it's located in a mountain, you can get to N Seoul Tower by a cable car. Or you can hike if you want to witness the best view and an extra exercise.

Random shots I took in any place in Seoul. You can find a lot of snack stalls on the streets of Seoul (well, probably anywhere in Korea, to be honest). As we all know Korea is famous to their delicious street foods. And the buildings here are beautiful for sure.

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