The one thing I envy the most in South Korea more than the train system is how they preserved the history, how the new generation be able to feel and see the past.
Historical sites were preserved well, available not only for viewing but also for learning specially for new generation and for people who are thirsty to know the history, to know the old story.
Gyeongbokgung Palace – It was built in 1395 under Joseon Dynasty, the largest in Seoul, it was destroyed during Japanese occupation. The restoration of the palace is ongoing and it started in 1990 and the process will take 40 years.
National Palace of Korea and National folk Museum of Korea can be found inside the palace.
The Blue House can be seen inside the palace, this is the residence of the Republic of Korea’s President.
Deoksugung Palace – It’s a small palace located in seoul, it is surrounded by large buildings that added beauty of the scenery.
We’re able to witness the Changing of Royal Guard ceremony, the schedules are 1:00, 14:00 and 15:30 and closed every monday.
Bukchon Hanok Village – it is an active residential area, some houses are now coffee shops and restaurants.
Namsol Hanok Village – Unlike the bukchon Hanok this is not a residential area, the houses in this village were already restored. You can see the perfect traditional beauty of the village. The entrance fee is free.
There’s a plenty of palace in South korea but we only have limited time so we only visited the nearest two. If you have time you can watch the changing of guard ceremony, this will complete your Korea’s experience.
Seoul City Wall – it was built in 1936 surrounding Seoul under Joseon Dynasty, the wall is 18.6 km long. You can see the overlooking of Seoul skyline.
Seeing these beautiful historical places really amazed me and made me fall in love south korea even more.
I hope that the government and people do the same here in the Philippines, exert more effort in preserving the historical places, it contributed big time to our future and should not be forgotten.