28th September 2011
From Myeongdong station (Line 4), we rode and changed into Line 3 at the Chungmuro station and rode all the way to Gyeongbokgung station.
We exited at Gwanghwamun Square because we wanted to have breakfast at Starbucks first before entering the palace.
This yellow/orange lion-like animal with wings is actually the mascot of Seoul. However, statues of Haechi can be found mostly in Seoul especially in palaces. Haechi symbolizes justice, and I remember reading in the souvenir shop that it also represents peace or something like that.
To know more about Haechi, click click!
The Guard-changing Ceremony, which happens every 15 mins or half-an-hour i can't remember
We took part in the free English tour which occurs everyday at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. There are also Japanese and Chinese tours available.
Our guide brought us to Amisan, the garden behind where the Queen resided, where it's supposed to be the most beautiful part of the palace. Unfortunately it wasn't the right season so she told us to "not be disappointed" haha
On our own escapade, we found this piece of greenery..
and of course, self-shots! Haha.. balancing Pakwan's camera on a trash can!
We backtracked on our way out and took more photos before leaving.
Notice the uneven arrangement of the floor tiles? It's to prevent heat reflection directly being aimed to officials when they assemble, thus saving them from fainting/getting dizzy from all the heat.. hmm... something like thatla
Had our late lunch at 4pm -_- we had trouble finding places to eat so when we stumbled on this cafe at cant-remember-what Hotel, we just went with it!
Before I end I shall leave you with a photo of Song Joong Ki in the King's outfit from a scene in Deep-rooted Tree.
Next up: Jogyesa, Ssamziegil and Cheonggye-cheon? Gonna be a long one then! :P