Seoul City Tour 3rd part; Palaces & World Cup Stadium

every budget traveler's dream, feel the chill !!
February 23-28, 2011 wednesday to monday

objective: to visit the best tourist spots that fits my taste and budget accordingly.
additional tasks: to conquer the Everland’s T-express (world’s most steepest roller coaster) and experience the snow for the 1st time


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Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace located in northern Seoul, South Korea. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as "Palace of Shining Happiness."

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces.

changing of the guard at 1400H in Gyeongbokgung

changing of the guard at 1400H in Gyeongbokgung


changing of the guard at 1400H in Gyeongbokgung

changing of the guard at 1400H in Gyeongbokgung

The premises were destroyed by fire at the time of Japanese occupation from 1592-1598. However, all of the palace's 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852~1919).
I continued my itinerary on palace hopping, I’m just on-time for the changing of the guards in gyeongbokgung, my 2nd palace visit with free of charge entrance fee. After 30 minutes, I went to my 3rd destination, the gyeonghuigung. Also free entrance fee.

Gyeonghui Palace (in Korean: Gyeonghuigung, literally Palace of Serene Harmony) was a palace located in Seoul, South Korea. It was one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty. In the latter Joseon period, Gyeonghuigung served as the secondary palace for the king, and as it was situated on the west side of Seoul, it was also called Seogwol (a palace of the west). The Secondary palace is usually the palace where the King moves to in times of emergency.

Gyeonghuigung

Gyeonghuigung


Gyeonghuigung

Gyeonghuigung

then, my last tour is for world cup stadium where 2002 world cup event was held for korea-japan as 1st asian country that hosted. At 1800H I proceed to itaewon night bazaar for some souvenir shops and night trip.

The Seoul World Cup Stadium, also known as Sangam Stadium, is located in Seongsan, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It was built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and opened in 2001. It was designed to represent the image of a traditional Korean kite.[2] The stadium has a capacity of 66,806 seats, including 816 seats for VIP, 754 seats for press and 75 private Sky Box rooms, each with a capacity for 12 to 29 persons.


Seoul World Cup Stadium


Seoul World Cup Stadium


Seoul World Cup Stadium



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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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