My adventure to Gyeongbukgung Palace was well over a month ago and with the helter-skelter that has been my work life as of late, I have seriously neglected to put anything up. For those of you who have followed me thus far, sorry, I swear I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet! Anyway, back to the important stuff!
On one of my many adventures to Seoul I decided that I need to go back to Gyeongbukgung Palace and take in all that I saw when I first arrived to Korea in February, though this time I was going to do it in STYLE! Enter the Hanbok, Korea’s traditional clothing, and its insane affordability (renting of course). With my two close friends and a camera, we decided to end our time in Seoul by stopping at one of the many rental shops and renting hanbok to walk around the palace. For 2 hours it will only set you back 10,000~20,000 won ($10-20) or for a day only 25,000~30,000 ($25-30)! I don’t have a specific shop recommendation as there are over 20 all in a small area offering the same type of deals.
Travel Tip: If you wear hanbok to a palace in Korea (in most cases), you DO NOT need to pay an entry fee. It is more than the entry fee, yes, but it 100% worth it! (If you dont believe me check out these pictures!)
History Time: Gyeongbukgung, built in 1395, is also know as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace the largest of all five palaces and considered by many to an example of the building found during the Joseon Dynasty and as such the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained mostly intact since all of the palace buildings were restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919) following the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598).
Living in Korea means that I can explore these places of cultural heritage and learn more about the country I am falling in love with more every day!