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Seoul: Biwon Secret Garden in the Changdeokgung Palace

One of the most amazing places to visit in Seoul is the Changdeokgung Palace - and not just the main palace, but actually the secret garden, which used to be for the royal family only. It is a huge garden complex in the centre of the city and what is so amazing about it, is… Continue reading Seoul: Biwon Secret Garden in the Changdeokgung Palace

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Seoul: Samcheong-dong

Samcheong-dong is an unique place surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Cheong Wa Dae and Insa-dong. It combines old Korea with coffee shops and modern artsy galleries. 'Sam' means three and 'cheong' refers to clean or good - so that could mean the quarter is named for three things that it has plenty of: clean… Continue reading Seoul: Samcheong-dong

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Seoul: Insa-dong revisited

We had been to Insa-dong before, but this quirky neighbourhood was so close to our hotel that we decided to visit it again. It is great for people watching, visiting art galleries, discovering little shops that sell artwork, handmade crafts and antiques - and to try lots of different street snacks and tea. Insadong is… Continue reading Seoul: Insa-dong revisited

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Seoul: Gyeonbokgung Palace

Gyeonbokgung Palace is the most famous of all palaces in Seoul. I've visited it last July and enjoyed it very much as you can gather from my previous blog posts (general info about the palace, Gwanghamun Gate, Geunjeongjeon Hall, Gangnyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon, Amisan and Hyangwonjeong and finally Geoncheonggung and Gyeonghoeru). This time it was much… Continue reading Seoul: Gyeonbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace is right in the city centre (like all the other palaces) and was originally built as a residence for Prince Wolsan, the elder brother of King Seongjong, in the 15th Century. After all other palace buildings were destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592, King Seonjo (1567-1608) established a temporary residence… Continue reading Seoul: Deoksugung Palace