Adventures in South Korea: Insadong

18 Apr

Around January Solal or Korean New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year) comes around and day off are awarder to people who work in South Korea. Because of that I tried to do touristy stuff, which led me to Insadong the most cultural touristy part of Seoul.

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Now this is a lovely mural at the entrance (Iam not sure if that is the entrance really I just took a bus from Gangnam) Now remember the mural because it will be important.

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Just less than a block away from this mural you will find a trick eye museum. I was unable to go in because the group I was with had already been there (eye roll, to crummy tour guides).

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The above pictures are still trick eye museum.

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The street to the palace has a women’s university that used to be a palace which is pretty awesome.

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But this is the Unhyeongung Palace (which was the goal for our visit even though it is super easy to get distracted by all the shopping near the area). Heads up the Palace tour fee is free during Solal (not sure if this extends to other holidays)

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This is the throne room/court (you can tell because it looks fancy).

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This would be the King’s room, notice the art behind the couch/bed thing? (yup the mural at the entrance of Insadong)

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There is an importance of this mural but the person I was with was unable to explain it.

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In the above picture you can see the influence of the western culture (because chairs are not a thing Korea likes to do if they want to be authentic).

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These would be servant rooms because they are super simple and they are across the King’s room.

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There is a secret garden that you have to wander into (because my group did not really have a pattern to this)

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We did find the undol system bellow the King’s room (no secret garden yet).

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The kitchen because no palace is complete with a kitchen (is anything really complete without a kitchen?).

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We found it!!!!!

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This would be a wishing fountain but your wish only come true if you get a coin in the center pillar looking thing.

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What do we find in the secret garden? The courtesan house! But only the best ones got a permanent stay in the palace and the secret garden.

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