Korea 2012: A Palace and A Stream

South Korea day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream.

TIP! To go there, just take Line 3, get off at Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5. From there, you can walk to the stream and other places of interest like Insadong.

Real or not real? Real

Real or not real? Real. Hunger Games reference, yes!

Definitely real: the Gyeongbokgung Palace

Definitely real: the Gyeongbokgung Palace

It’s one of the five major palaces if my memory serves me right. I’m still not done reading the brochures!

The entrance

The entrance

A stark contrast between the old and the new

A stark contrast between the old and the new

This photo is untouched, taken with a Canon PowerShot S95. Brand ambassador lang ang peg! Yes, those mountains are lovely not just in photos but in real life, too.

Changing of the guards ceremony

Changing of the guards ceremony

We also witnessed the changing of the guards.

Under the heat of the sun

Under the heat of the sun

There were lots of tourists even on a weekday. Kids on field trips are a common sight… with their matching bags and clothes. What a smart yet creative way to easily find someone missing from the pack!

Cute kids in "uniforms"

Cute kids in “uniforms”

A 20-minute walk from the palace is the Cheonggyecheon Stream. This place was restored in 2005 and has become a popular attraction to tourists and locals alike. I’ve seen a couple of Koreans sitting by the stream, reading a book or simply staring into the water. I’d probably do the same if I were a local with free time in the afternoon.

Discovering the stream

Discovering the stream

I managed to snap a photo of this man by the stream. Converted the photo to black and white for drama.

A man by the stream

A man by the stream

We would’ve wanted to visit Insadong but I don’t know what happened (LOL). Maybe next time.

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