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Jongmyo Shrine

April 15, 2018

The Jongmyo Shrine is not far off from the Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces, but it most certainly gives off a different vibe from the rest. The royal ancestral rites (also known as Jongmyo Jerye) is still carried out to this day, along with ceremonies of memorial services and traditional music (Jongmyo Jeryeak). On top of the shrine itself, both have been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The main hall, Jeongjeon, houses the spirit tablets of the great kings…

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Bukchon Hanok Village

April 11, 2018

The Bukchon Hanok Village is relatively quiet, and for a very good reason. Home to many average Koreans, it is more of a residential area than a tourist destination, though you can find a couple boutique stores here and there. Tucked in between the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, it is a frequent pit stop by visitors on their way from one palace to the next. There are signs on nearly every door requesting for silence, which surprisingly people seem to…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

April 7, 2018

Arguably the most popular and beautiful palace on the list, the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace is so vast that it easily took me an hour and a half just to cover it all (though looking at the layout now, i’m not sure i even covered the entire place). It served as the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty until it was burnt down during the Japanese invasion. King Gojong recommissioned the reconstruction 273yrs later but it was again…

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LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

April 3, 2018

‘Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson’ I’m pretty sure most of you have seen these famous LED flowers somewhere, be it on social media or Korean dramas. This place was flocked with young couples and lovers, and for a moment i felt like the odd one out since i was there alone. Located in the vicinity of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, this installation was actually…

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Osaka Diary: Day 1 & 2

March 13, 2018

What We Did Day 1: Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori & Namba I flew to Osaka with ANA* (via Tokyo) and arrived to a beautiful sunrise at the airport. The tarmac crew were the cutest i’d ever seen – they’d stop whatever they were doing and just wave at the plane as it started to taxi on the runway. That really brightened up my day especially after an exhausting 11hr flight from Sydney. I had a different arrival time than the rest of…

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Less Than 24 Hours In: Nara

March 6, 2018

What We Did We arrived Nara around noon and initially wandered around the couple of shops nearby, stocking up on Daiso’s heat packs before making our way towards Todai-ji Temple. It was crazy freezing on the day we were there, and when we stumbled across an old lady selling steaming hot sweet potatoes out of this portable wood-fired oven, we immediately started waiting in line (though we misunderstood the pricing and ended up paying 1,000yen for a sweet potato yikes). This…

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