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
There is also a museum called the National Palace Museum of Korea. You have to show your entrance ticket there before entering the museum.
There are lots of cafes in 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).
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.
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
– 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 =)
Day 2: Insadong & Bukchon Hanok Village
Read about it in my next blog post!