Hi! I am Min. I am biology student who loves learning other culture. I like traveling around the world but I know I can’t travel every day so I am trying to make myself feel like I am traveling Seoul where I live. MYTM is part of it! Let’s travel together. 😉
4 hrs 30mins
Historic / Culture
Deoksugung Palace / Seoul Museum of Art
Welcome to Seoul!
I wonder how was your first impression of this city. Seoul is a mixture of traditional and modern things. Deoksugung is a palace of Chosun Dynasty and it is right in front of the City Hall of Seoul so it shows well how two different aspects are mixed. It would be awkward at first to see the traditional palace and modern building at once but you will get used to it.
At first, we will see Changing of the Guards Ceremony. It will take about 20 minutes. We can get into the palace and see few different buildings in the palace. After we take a look at the Palace, we will take a walk along the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway. It is short but you can take good photos on this street. Sometimes you can find some Korean traditional snack or street musicians.
Second, Korea Food
We will have lunch at ‘Jeongdonggil’ which is located at the end of the Deoksu wall street. They are selling many different kinds of Korean foods so you can choose what you want to eat. To help your decision, this restaurant is famous for ‘Kimchi jjigae’ and ‘Spicy stir-fried pork‘. Their ‘Egg Roll’ is great too.
* Option) There is Jungmyeongjeon which is part of Deoksugung but it is under construction now they said it will reopen in January but it is not sure when it will open exactly. If it will be opened when we meet, you can go if you want. Jungmyeongjeon is the building where the unfair contraction began. Japanese Occupation Period started from here.
Third, Seoul Museum of Art
After lunch, we will go up to the Jeongdong observatory. You can look over the Deoksugung and find the harmony of tradition and modernism.
The last plan of our tour is visiting Seoul Museum of Art. It is in front of the restaurant where we are going to eat lunch. The best part of this art gallery is that they don’t charge you any admission fee. Even though it is free, the atmosphere and quality of exhibition are nice and neat. If you want to see the special exhibition, you need to pay but their regular exhibition is also good.