20 October 2014

Only in Seoul #2: Building and Monument Attractions

Hello, this is the second post of my Only in Seoul series. Check it out!

Seoul Tower
Also called Namsan Tower, this is a mandatory place to visit other than Gyeongbokgung. You haven't been to Seoul if you haven't visited this place. It is located in Namsan Mountain where you can see the beautiful view of Seoul city (especially at night). On its terrace, there is a famous Locks of Love area where couples write their name and vow in a padlock to express their love. Better not visiting this tower alone because you will end up being desperate seeing all the couples xD I've been to this place 4 times: first with only myself which I regret it a lot, second with my family when they came visiting me in Seoul, third with my Indonesian friend who's on holiday and her Korean friend and forth with my brother who came to visit me. In all those 4 times, I didn't go up to the observatory hall. This tower is already located high on Namsan Mountain, so we can see the beautiful Seoul city even on the terrace.

Seoul Tower

06 October 2014

Only in Seoul #1: Historical Cultural Attractions

This is the first post of Only in Seoul series, my version's list of places to visit in Seoul. I usually give people this list when they asked me where to go in Seoul. This time is about the historical and cultural places you should visit in Seoul. Let's start!

Gyeongbokgung
This is the main palace of Joseon Dynasty, the last and longest-ruling dynasty in Korean history. You haven't been to Seoul if you haven't visited this place. Since I love history and culture, this is one of my favorite places in Seoul and I've been to this palace 4 times! First with myself when I just came to Korea, second with my family (mother, father and sister) when they came to visit me, third with my brother who came to visit me also, the last time with myself again after watching Korean TV show 1 Night 2 Days episode Gyeongbokgung. On that episode, the hosts visited Gyeongbokgung and revealed some interesting facts about this palace which I wasn't aware before, so I went there again to check it by myself, plus this time I took the free English tour they provided. You can appreciate more the beauty of this place when you know the stories.

Geunjeongjeon (the main throne hall of Gyeongbokgung) between Mount Namsan and Mount Bugaksan in the background

In Gyeongbokgung you can also try wearing Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) and watch the Opening Gate, Royal Guard Changing and Closing Gate ceremonies, all for free. There are 5 grand palaces in Seoul, but if you only have time to visit 1 palace, you should visit Gyeongbokgung. And Changdeokgung. Hmm I cannot decide between these 2 palaces, but okay, maybe Gyeongbokgung. But seriously if you can visit 2 palaces, then Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. Here's why Changdeokgung is a great palace to see.