Day 2 in Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon Stream

October 10th, 2016. Because on the previous day, the weather was quite cold, so on this day we wear thick clothes from the guesthouse. Evidently, it was a bright sunny day. Well, the weather cannot be predicted.

We left from our guesthouse around 9.30am local time. On this second day, we started our journey to Gyeongbokgung Palace by using subway. It took around 30 minutes to get to Gyeongbokgung from Hongik Univ. Once we came out from Gyeongbokgung Palace Station, we immediately saw the “National Palace Museum of Korea” building. Unfortunately we didn’t have any time to go inside the museum.

National Palace Museum of Korea

When we were taking pictures here, suddenly we met Jeff, our Hongkong roommate. I know his schedule on that day was quite the same with us – to go to the Palaces. Unexpectedly, we both arrived at Gyeongbokgung Palace at almost the same time with us. Because when we’re in the guesthouse, and when we were ready to leave, I saw he was not ready yet to go. So, I was so surprised when I saw him at Gyeongbokgung at the time.

with Jeff, our roommate from Hongkong

Cute Korean Kiddos~

Do we look like their school teacher?

with Korean girls who wear Hanbok

After taking pictures for quite a long time in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then we bought the admission ticket. The admission ticket for Gyeongbokgung only is 3,000 won. But because we planned to go to the other palaces (Deoksugung, Changyeongung, Changdeokgung, Jongmyo Shrine) so we bought the combination ticket for 5 palaces. And it costs 10,000 won.

Combination Ticket for Palaces and Shrine

Actually Gyeongbokgung Palace is not that big, if compares with Forbidden city in Beijing. But because me and my friends like to take pictures, so we spent 2 hours to get around Gyeongbokgung Palace. However, it’s not only because of taking pictures, but instead one of us got lost. And we also were struggling to get the free wifi. But finally we all met again at the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Right behind Gyeongbokgung, there’s a Blue House or Cheong wa dae. Blue House is the Presidential Palace of South Korea. If in America, there’s White House. In Korea, there’s Blue House. Blue House is known with its blue roof tile. Because the time was limited, so we didn’t have any chance to visit The Blue House.

Blue House, Source:

Anyway in Gyeongbokgung Palace, there’s also Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies. And it happened when we took an exit of Gyeongbokgung, around 12pm local time. Once we heard the drum sound, we saw so many royal guards. Of course, we immediately run as fast as we can, so we won’t miss the opportunity to watch this ceremony.

When the royal guards entered the palace

When the ceremonies were held

Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies

Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies

When I didn’t have any chance to take pictures with the guards, it’s better to took picture with the drum or not at all. LOL

After the ceremony finished, we went to the restaurants nearby Gyeongbokgung. People said there’s a famous restaurant, named Tosokchon, that sell Chicken Ginseng Soup. So, we were using Google Maps to take us to the restaurant. Because it’s near Gyeongbokgung, it can be reach by foot. On our journey to the restaurant, we saw a lot of Hanbok rental shop. Ahh, it’s too bad, we didn’t saw it before we went to Gyeongbokgung. So, we missed the chance to wear Hanbok at Gyeongbokgung. But never mind, we still had a chance to wear Hanbok at Bukchon Hanok Village on the 7th day in Korea.

Yuhuuu~ we ate yummy foods again. Chicken Ginseng Soup or Samgyetang was not disappointed us. Besides, Ginseng is good for our health. The restaurant also has traditional nuance. They also sell Ginseng Liquor that can be brought to our home country.

Tosokchon Restaurant Entrance


Inside the Restaurant

A very traditional nuance in Tosokchon Restaurant

The first plan was go to the 5 palaces, but we only had explored 1 palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace. Because the limited time, we must decided which palaces we wanted to visit. It’s impossible to visit all of the palaces. So we decided to go to Deoksugung Palace. From Tosokchon to Deoksugung can be reached by foot.

Butttt unfortunately, once we arrived at Deoksugung Palace, we just know that the palace was closed that day – Monday. If we know earlier, we should bought the admission ticket only for Gyeongbokgung Palace, 3000 won.

Deoksugung Palace

It was 3pm local time, and our journey was continued to Gwanghwamun Square by bus. Once we arrived at Gwanghwamun Square, one of us just realized that his Action camera was missing! It’s probably still at Deoksugung Palace. So, he immediately took the bus again to Deoksugung, then we made an appointment to meet again at Cheonggyecheon Stream around 6pm.

Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun Square is probably the best spot to take Gyeongbokgung Palace’s picture

After taking pictures in Gwanghwamun Square, we went to Cheonggyecheon Stream by using subway. We stopped at Dongdaemun station, just like yesterday’s trip to Dongdaemun. Because actually when we took an exit from Dongdaemun station, we’ll see Cheonggyecheon on our right side. And because it’s in Dongdaemun area, so we had time to stroll around Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). After that, we enjoyed our leisure time at Cheonggyecheon Stream while we’re waiting for our friends.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Around Cheonggyecheon Stream, it’s quite hard to get the free wifi. We worried we couldn’t meet our friends. So we walked along Cheonggyecheon Stream to find the wifi. It’s quite hard, until we decided to stop by one of the shop at Pyounghwa Fashion Town. The shop is specialized in hat. Me and one friend bought some hats there. The price was actually not cheap, we tried to bargain several times, but failed. This shopping experience was really fun. They couldn’t speak English or Mandarin, and we also couldn’t speak Korean. So, we used so many body languages. The body languages are really a universal language, huh 😀

When we’re taking pictures near Cheonggyecheon Stream with the new hats, we met again with our friends who took his camera back from Deoksugung Palace. Fortunately he found his action camera with the same position, not moved from the previous position. Imagine if its in Indonesia, I’m sure it’s already been stolen by someone else. LOL

After five of us gathered together again, we sat for a while at Cheonggyecheon Stream to take a relax, before go back to the guesthouse. Then we separated again into 2 groups, because two of my friends still wanted to stroll around Dongdaemun again. While three of us went back to the guesthouse. On the way back, we bought Kimbap and Makgeolli to be eaten at guesthouse. Finally we had our dinner with Jeff, our Hongkong roommate. Then we shared about our journey today, how’s the plan for the next days, and about so many things 😀

Our bedtime stories with the Hongkong guy 🙂

Our journey on the second day was finished. So many things happened in 1 day. Didn’t know what will happened on the next days. Our plan for the next day is to go to Everland. Well, can’t wait to ride roller coaster! 😀

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