Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palaces in Seoul, South Korea.

Changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palaces in Seoul, South Korea.

 

We can’t believe it has already been a month we’ve been gone from Canada! Everyday is a new adventure.

On Saturday, March 29th 2014 Cali and I ventured off on the subway to head for Gyeongbokgung Palace in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. It was a very miserable day, but that didn’t stop us from thoroughly enjoying the sights of the beautiful Palaces. The most memorable part of the day was the “Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony” (pictured), which happens on every hour from 10:00am-4:00pm. All of the guards wear very beautiful and bright costumes and all play different instruments from big drums to long horns.

As we continued to tour around the different palaces in Gyeongbokgung we were stunned by the amazing views. Not only were the buildings all amazing and so detailed, but the trees and flowers were all just starting to bloom and the colours were gorgeous.

 

Cali and the freshly bloomed flowers at Gyeongbokgung, Seoul.

Cali and the freshly bloomed flowers at Gyeongbokgung, Seoul.

 

We spent about 3 hours at the Palaces before we were starving and needed some delicious korean food to chow down on. My brother Chris’ friend Rob Taylor had taken me to an unbelievable market (Gwangjang) the previous weekend and I wanted Cali to experience how amazing it was. The market was about a 5 minute subway to an area called Dongdaemun. Once we got to our lunch destination we walked into the market, which was more crowded than the subway at rush hour. That didn’t stop us from pushing and shoving our way through to get to the restaurant that sells the amazing fried pancake type things we were waiting for! When I say pancake, I don’t mean your typical breakfast; flour, milk and egg pancakes. These things are as big as your head and are filled with things such as scallions, kimchi, golbi (meat), and i’m sure many other things. No, they are not eaten with syrup. You eat these mouth watering pancakes with kimchi, sweet onion and the traditional Seoul Makgeolli fermented rice wine. Man oh man, are these things ever good! They are so popular that they have a picture of Tim Burton eating these famous ‘pureed bean’ pancakes at that exact location. (Google “Tim Burton in Korea” and you will see pictures)

 

Cali devouring Korean pancakes in Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun, Seoul.

Cali devouring Korean pancakes in Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun, Seoul.

 

After a feast and some refreshing Makgeolli we walked around for a little longer and stumbled across the man-made river known as “Cheonggyecheon”. It is a 8.4km long beautiful river that flows right down the middle of downtown. By this time it was nightfall and the river was all lit up and very picturesque. When walking down the riverside you totally forget that you are walking right in the heart of one of the biggest cities in the world. After spending the entire day in seas of people it was refreshing and relaxing to get ‘away’ from the city.

 

The Cheonggyecheon stream located downtown Seoul lit up beautifully at night.

The Cheonggyecheon stream located downtown Seoul lit up beautifully at night.

 

A.

 

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