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Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

May 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 ceremonies have also been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The main hall, Jeongjeon, houses the spirit tablets of the…

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Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

May 11, 2018

A walk through the Bukchon Hanok Village, which literally translates to “northern village”, will take you back in time to the streets of the Joseon Dynasty. The neighbourhood 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…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

May 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  – click here for the full layout). It served as the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty until it was burnt down during the Japanese invasion. King Gojong recommissioned the…

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