Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 20

Deoksugung palace
How to go there: Alight at city hall station and come out from exit 2. Just walk straight and u would find the palace located on the right side.
There is only English guided tour.
Every tue-fri 10:30 (every month of the year)
Sat in Jan/Mar/My/July/Sep/Nov 13:40
Sun in Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct/Dec 13:40
No tours on holiday.
Every palace has quite similar design and structure but there is slight difference if u notice. What make this palace special from other is the location. It is situated in the middle of the city so it is surrounded by the contrast of the ancient building and the modern tall building.
Another main difference is the palace is sort of being modernized making it unique. This new part of the building was built in 1910 to symbol the korea to seek modernize.
The small little fountain in front of the building
Here we can see part of the building being modernized.

Guard changing ceremony
The whole palace is quite small as compared to other but the key of this palace is the changing ceremony: 11:00, 14:00 ,15:30
Patrol ceremony:
Between Deoksugung Daehanmun and Bosingak: 11:25-12:25
Between Deoksugung Daehanmun and Gwanghwamun Square: 15:40-16:10
Subject to change
It is really interesting to watch. I strongly recommend to go for this parade. It is explained in a few different languages including English!!!

Cheonggyecheon Stream
Photo of cheonggyecheong stream plaza
How to go there: It is about 10 minutes walk from the Deoksugung Palace.
Line 1: City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong
Line 2: City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga, Euljiro 4-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni
Line 3: Jongno 3-ga
Line 4: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
Line 5: Gwanghwamun

There is 2 course to the stream.
Course 1 (Distance: 2.9㎞/Duration: 3 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Stream Plaza - Gwangtonggyo Bridge - Samilgyo Bridge (Jongno, Insadong) - Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun fashion town) - Saebyeokdari (Bridge of Dawn; Gwangjang Market, Bangsan Market) - Supyogyo Bridge
Course 2 (Distance: 2.6㎞/Duration: 2.5 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Stream Culture Center - Gosanjagyo Bridge - Dumuldari Bridge - Malgeunnaedari Bridge - Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun fashion town)

It is really quite a beautiful and cooling place. The cooling effect is really big. Once u enter go down into pathway, it is like change of weather man. It is really a popular dating place for couple. See quite a lot couples walking make me a weird as I am alone exploring ... The morning view is quite nice. I see photo of the night view is even more amazing!!! I will definitely come back again for the night view. There is also laser show at night!! I will blog about it