The historical capital of the Joseon Dynasty -505 years.
The capital of unattainable modern dream of the Korean Empire- 13 years.
The renamed capital as Keijo during Japanese rule- 35 years.
The heavily damaged capital during the Korean War -3 years.
The transformed global hub of North East Asia -60 years.
To build something out of nothing in 60 years is nothing but hard work. To rebuild a city from nothing to her former glory is nothing but a miracle.
This is Seoul, a city of the past and present, of the old and new, co-existing, much like yin and yang.
This is the first of my posts on my travels in Seoul, in historical district of Jongno-gu.
Here, we are to spend the day as a Joseon King.
Spent a day to living as a King isn’t bad. But I like the modern days better. Next week, off to hipsterville Hongdae.Facts: Gyeongbokgung: adult/child ticket would cost you 3000 and 1000 Won respectively. For combined palace tickets (Changdeokgung, Deoksugung), it would cost you 10,000 Won. Take Seoul Subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung, Exit 5. Gwanghwamun square is a 10 min walk from Gyeongbokgung main entrance, Gwanghwamun. Alternatively, take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun, Exit 4. Insa-dong: Take Seoul Subway Line 3 to Anguk, Exit 6. Walk straight about 100 m, then turn left.