South Korea

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: N Tower

On our last day we also visited the N Tower Seoul also know as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. It is located on Namsam Mountain in downtown Seoul and the easiest way to get there is via a cable car. The Tower was built in 1969 as a Television Communications Tower and then opened to… Continue reading Seoul: N Tower

Hong Kong

Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul

In order to gain a glimpse into the lives of traditional Korean, five houses were moved here or rebuilt to create Namsangol Hanok Village. The houses represent houses from different social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The houses display various types of furniture and household goods that would have been found in the… Continue reading Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul

South Korea

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

South Korea

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

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Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is one of the five palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Construction of Changdeokgung Palace started in 1405, and was completed in 1412. At Changdeokgung Palace there are things to see such as Donhwamun Gate, Geumcheongyo Bridge (which is the oldest bridge still in existence in Seoul, built 1411) and… Continue reading Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace