Experience Korea: A day in Gyeongbokgung and Samcheongdong

Want to visit a palace and see Korean traditional houses? One popular palace in Seoul is Gyeongbokgung. As mentioned in my previous post on experiencing Korean culture, I have 4 places to recommend to you.

This post will show you my suggested itinerary for day 1: Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Samcheongdong, a street filled with shops housed in Korean traditional houses, also known as hanok.

Also, you can visit Insadong and Bukchon Hanok Village (in Day 2 of my suggested itinerary in an upcoming post).


DAY 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

Gyeongbokgung Palace is probably the most famous palace among tourists visiting Seoul. Gyeongbokgung means “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.”

How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3), Exit 5

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeonghoeru Pavillion within Gyeongbokgung palace grounds
Gyeonghoeru Pavillion within Gyeongbokgung palace grounds
Hyangwonjeong Pond
Hyangwonji Pond & Hyangwonjeong Pavillion

There is also a museum called the National Palace Museum of Korea. You have to show your entrance ticket there before entering the museum.

Inside the museum
Inside the museum – Hanbok (Korean traditional dress)
Inside the museum - Different types of Kimchi on display
Inside the museum – Different types of Kimchi on display

Samcheongdong (삼청동)

After visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, you may want to visit Samcheongdong, an area filled with cafes, restaurants and accessories shops, many of them housed in Korean traditional hanoks.Samcheongdong1Samcheongdong2Samcheongdong3

Mural at Samcheongdong
Mural at Samcheongdong

There are lots of cafes in Samcheongdong.

Starbucks at Samcheongdong. Such a cool building haha :)
Starbucks at Samcheongdong. Such a cool building haha 🙂
Honey Top Ice Cream shop at Samcheongdong
Honey Top Ice Cream shop at Samcheongdong

One interesting one is the Innisfree Cafe. The shop is on the first floor, while the cafe is on the 2nd and 3rd floor. This Innisfree shop sells items that are exclusive to this store. The cafe serves tea, coffee, cakes, tarts and soup. I did not try this cafe but read some blog posts on it (see here).

Innisfree Cafe
Innisfree Cafe

For those who want to shop for accessories and clothes, there is a store called 5 Dollar Shop. I saw 3 branches there! Accessories sold include watches, rings, card holders, etc.

One of the few branches of the
One of the few branches of the “5 dollar shop” at Samcheongdong

How to get to Samcheongdong (삼청동): Anguk Station, Exit 1

(a) From Anguk Station

– Come out from Anguk station exit 1 & turn right

– Walk straight till you see a stone wall on your right

Walk along this stone wall to get to Samcheongdong
Walk along this stone wall to get to Samcheongdong

– Turn right and walk along the stone wall (pictured above) & you’ll reach Samcheongdong in less than 10 mins!

(b) From Gyeongbokgung Palace, follow the route below:

– From inside Gyeongbokgung, look for the information counter (green i sign on the map below) & exit Gyeongbokgung

– Follow the blue route marked on the map to the tip of Samcheongdong =)

10 min Walk from Gyeongbokgung to Samcheongdong
10 min Walk from Gyeongbokgung to Samcheongdong

Day 2: Insadong & Bukchon Hanok Village

Read about it in my next blog post!

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