Autumn Visit in South Korea

It has always been a dream of mine to experience Autumn in South Korea. The the vibrant color palette of the landscape as the leaves turn red and yellow; The cool breeze whole day long ; Riding a train with courteous Koreans in their stylish fur coats; The smell of freshly grilled Sang Gyeopsal and Kimchi; South Korea is undeniably beautiful.

Last October 2012 , me and 3 other friends were fortunate enough to have booked promo tickets for only 6500 per person round trip from Manila. It was a good catch. We stayed for around twelve days and visited 3 cities.

Paju – where the series “Boys over Flowers” was shot . This city is located almost at the border with North Korea.

Goyang – where we stayed with our Korean friend who hosted us for two nights. Goyang is a good take of point to Everland, Korea’s biggest theme park owned by Samsung Corporation , which is less than two hours away.

and lastly, the charming Seoul .

Here are some of the Highlights of my South Korea trip.

Changdeokgung Palace and the Emperor’s Secret Garden (창덕궁과 후원) UNESCO World Heritage . This Palace of lush gardens, streams and walking trails served as the summer residence of the Royal families. Although it is not as grand as the others , this is by far the most beautiful Palace I have visited in Korea.

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Main gateway to Changdeokgung Palace

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entrance to the main palace

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Architectural details of roofing , which is probably around 300 years old

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Entrance gateway to the Garden

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intricate ceiling details

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Gyeongbokgung Palace , Opened 1395 , is probably the grandest and most famous in Korea. This palace have been the main Residence of the royal families. The exchange of guards ceremony in the morning and in  the afternoon is worth seeing. Though grand in scale, the palace is quite tranquil and calm, with the majestic Bukhansan Mountain at the background.

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Banquet hall, with the majestic Bukhansan Mountain at the background.

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Exchange of Guards ceremony at around 10 am.

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Us, wearing traditional Korean costume. This is free , as long as you scheduled with the admin in the morning.

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main entrance to Gyeongbokgung .

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English Village in Paju Province where “Boys over Flowers” series was shot

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Le Provence Village in Paju is a quaint and charming Market with vibrantly decorated shops and cafe’s, which is typically Korean.

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Korean Food !!!

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Bibimbap fit for the Royal ! Prepared by our friend Jinny Kim.

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sang gyeopsal Meal

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Banana Yogurt drink , heaven sent delicious !

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