It’s time to know Seoul a little bit deeper — and its by immersing through their culture. I have been traveling for days now, and I want to know Seoul more than just how people carry their selves on the streets. Palaces are quite my thing. I like the preserved architecture embedded within its meticulously-crafted walls and the ambiance it exudes. So, first off the list for today is Deoksugung Palace.
We rise up early to catch the earliest train going to Ehwa University. When we got there, everything seems quiet. I guess we are too early. I walk around and try to find subjects I can take photographs of. It’s not really hard to get beautiful snapshots in Seoul. Everything’s just postcard-ready.
From their quaint cafes to their magnificent sky-rise buildings, you will never get enough memory storage. I saw a few spots that were a little too familiar due to some Korean dramas I have watched prior to this trip. So I kind of feel like I have walked these streets before even though I have not.
We stumble upon this hole-in-the-wall food shop just before Deoksugung palace. It’s hard to eat on time when you’re traveling. As much as you want to eat, you’ll be preoccupied with the hunger to see everything.
We get inside the temple’s vicinity that quite resembles a miniature city. The massive infrastructure stretches out as far as my sight could see. We spend a good one hour just trying to get a hold of the whole place — pacing from one direction to another taking selfies and documenting our first temple experience here.
At noon time, a piercing sound is made by the head guard — a sound that signals for their changing. People gather around Deoksugung Palace’s facade to watch. It’s amazing how silent everyone is. The ritual is so solemn, you can easily imagine yourself in the old eras where this was used to be performed.
We tried out their guard’s costume but I was not able to try it due to “height requirements”. This has always been an issue to me when traveling outside. I have always looked juvenile. There are a few encounters that I remember getting asked for ids when going inside casinos in Macau — so this is nothing new. I know I can wear one, just not in this tourist attraction.
Not being able to wear the costume makes me excited for the next palace we will be visiting. I can almost feel the satin cloth kissing my skin slowly as I wear it.
UNCOVERING EDEN’S TIPS:
- It is closed during Mondays. Plan the itinerary where all of the palaces are open.
- One of the palaces highlights is the changing of the guards. Make sure to catch that when you get there.