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#JCSINSEOUL: DAY 3 PART 1 (GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE & BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE)

We went to a few places on the third day of our trip in Korea. It was a more "touristy" day for us as we visited the typical tourist destinations in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village and Myeongdong!

I'm not sure about you but when I travel to a country for the first time, I just have to visit all the iconic places like temples, palaces and whatever gardens that have rows of trees and flowers assembling for me hahaha. #thatssotouristy

Anyway, I will be separating "Day 3" into 2 posts because it will be too heavy if I were to include all pictures into one single post. And I certainly do not want you feeling like: Oh damn, when is this post going to end? when you are reading this post.

So, shall we begin?
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Gyeongbokgung Palace serves as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It's located in the heart of Seoul. It also houses the National Palace Museum. The palace is really huge and there are also gardens inside. We spent a few good hours roaming around and taking photographs.
Direction: Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), exit 5.
Operating Hours
November-February 09:00-17:00
March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30
September-October 09:00-18:00
CLOSE ON TUESDAYS

* Last admission: 1 hr before closing
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions or circumstances.

Admission Fees
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won (around RM10) / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (10 people or more): 1,200 won


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Joanne buying our admission tickets!
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With mummy!
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THE SCENERY = OMG.
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After visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, we took the subway to Anguk station, exit 2 (which is just a stop away from Gyeongbokgung station) for Bukchon Hanok Village. 

With 600 years of history, Bukchon Hanok Village is the home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok. The name Bukchon literally translates to "northern village" in Korean. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.
- http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

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A must-eat in Korea: Zha Jiang Mian!
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Chinese-Korean-styled Noodles (this one tasted so-so) :/
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Korean meat dumplings!
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Although the weather was pretty warm during our visit, and it required a bit of "slope climbing" to reach this village, it was a great experience overall touring around the beautiful Bukchon Hanok Village.
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Totally camouflaging with the hanoks hahahaha
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The admission fees to Bukchon Hanok Village is FREE, but please bear in mind that there are people residing in the village, so visitors are expected to observe peace and serenity when they are touring around! (In other words, shhhhh!)

Anyway, both Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village really offer visitors a great cultural experience! It has always impressed me how all these historical places from the bygone era are still preserved in the modern world.

Stay tuned for Day 3 Part 2! 


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