Exploring Seoul…Gyeongbok Palace!

This past weekend Josh and I headed up to Seoul to visit some friends and see some sights! We will be going to Seoul more frequently in the future to explore and visit. Probably the coolest thing we did this weekend was explore Gyeongbok Palace. The palace is huge! There are so many smaller buildings on the property that you could spend days and days exploring the entire grounds, we walked around for an hour and a half until we couldn’t walk any more.

Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbok Palace…huge palace wedged between some mountains and the biggest city in Korea

Gyeongbok Palace, filled with tourists from around the world!

Gyeongbok Palace, filled with tourists from around the world!

The Palace is like a nesting doll, you keep going farther in and seeing smaller buildings

The Palace is like a nesting doll, you keep going farther in and seeing smaller buildings

Entrance at Gyeongbok Palace

Entrance at Gyeongbok Palace

The palace was pretty crowded when we toured the grounds on a Sunday, but the farther in you walk, the less crowded it becomes…so the trick is to just out walk all the other tourists and you will be rewarded with photo bomber free pictures!

Such a poser

The small figures on the roofs are to ward off bad spirits, if you look close enough you can see them on most of the roofs

Leaning against some old rocks

Leaning against some old rocks

Beautiful woodwork over windows of the throne building

Beautiful woodwork over windows of the throne building

Throne fit for a king

Throne fit for a king

There were so many hidden treasure you could find just by walking around the palace…

Tiny house on a lake

Tiny house on a lake

Onggi...for royal kimchi storage

Onggi…for royal kimchi storage

Relaxing against some pillars

Relaxing against some pillars

Koreans use floor heating...these small openings are how they put the wood under the houses to heat it

Koreans use floor heating…these small openings are how they put the wood under the houses to heat it

Jumping on an ancient well

Jumping on an ancient well

Jumping off of a building

Jumping off of a building

There was simply too much to see on this trip to the palace, so we will definitely have to go back to further explore the grounds! There are even tours of this lake building that you can sign up for that we are going to try and do in the future!

Building on the lake

Building on the lake

There are also many traditional performances at the palace daily. You can see guards at the front gates and around 1 there is a performance in the large square in the palace.

Old school Korean guards

Old school Korean guards…so serious

Performance at the castle

Performance at the castle

All in all our trip to Gyeongbok Castle was a huge success and a total must see for any visitor to Korea.

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