A Leap Into History

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palace.
Last week was my impromptu excursion down Korea's historical past. I met a new friend through Trav Buddy and met first in Myongdong (명동) before wandering to City Hall (시청) where we happened upon Duk-suk Palace (덕수궁). It was all by total coincidence.

They were simulating the changing of the guards (Korean style) when we passed the front gate. The entrance fee was really cheap. I think it was either 1,000 or 2,000 won. (Approx. $2-$3.) So we ventured in. One thing that irks me about these palace is the lack of information available on the different buildings. I have never taken a Korean history class, so whatever I know is what I've seen on television or read in books on my own. In short, my knowledge is extremely limited. So when my new friend looked to me for answers, I had none.
inside the state room in the palace. this is where the king would sit.


The next day, my mom flew into town. We spent an hour or two at Insadong (인사동), which is also one of her favorite places as well. The day was extremely hot, so I was ready to leave the streets and go back to the comforts of an air conditioned apartment. But at around 4 p.m., she announced that she had to go to Kyung-bok Palace (경복궁), which is (I think) the main palace in Seoul.

Once again, there was little information available there, so we compiled all information that my mom, aunts, and uncle knew from their elementary school history lessons. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't very interested in it and could have seriously cared less. If anything, it was a little depressing to see how the ladies of the court were limited to two buildings on the grounds and designed their lives to revolve around one man.

The most beautiful part of the castle was definitely the building that's offset in the pond. It was really breezy over there, and the heat felt at least bearable. We weren't allowed inside the building. They only open it up during certain times of the day, and the last showing was at 4pm. Entrance fee to the entire grounds of the Kyung-bok Palace (경복궁) is 3,000 won.
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the floating piece of the palace.
the floating piece of the palace.
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inside the state room in the pala…
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