✈ Seoul, Korea: Bukchon Hanok Village

Our next stop is Bukchon Hanok Village, which is actually quite a long walk from Changdeokgung Palace. Most areas are filled with narrow alleys and some with uphill roads so prepare yourself physically. It's the only place in Seoul where hundreds of Hanoks (Traditional Korean Houses) are clustered together. It is said that the reason there are so many traditional houses in this area is that many people from the ruling class lived here during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). There are museums, workshop, hanok guesthouses and culture centers but we didn't pop into any of these. This neighborhood is not a tourist attraction but a quiet residential area. Visitors are required to observe silence.

✿ Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu,  계동길 37
✿ For more details visit http://bukchon.seoul.go.kr/eng/

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✈ Seoul, Korea: Changdeokgung Palace

Injeongjeon Palace Hall
HB and I visited early morning at Changdeokgung Palace and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't crowded. There is usually a free guided tour in different languages (English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese) on offer. But we made an exception and decided to explore on our own at the public palace area only as we had limited time and wanted to maximize our planned itinerary on that day.

Changdeokgung ticket office
Donwahmun Main Gate with a two-storey pavilion-type wooden structure (outside view)

Donhwamun Gate (inside view)

Changdeokgung is also known as Donggwol, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung. For 270 years, the palace was home to the Joseon government and was also the favored residence of many Joseon Dynasty kings and other royalties. This makes Changdeokgung the longest-serving royal residential palace. 

Injeongjeon Main Palace Hall

Injeongjeon Courtyard

a shop inside the palace

Changdeokgung Palace was mostly damaged because of the several times of fires and from both Japanese Invasion and colonial era. But it is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces and still has many of its original features. A particular virtue of Changdeokgung is the way its building blend into the surrounding landscape. The structure's design and beauty played a major role in earning the palace a registration as part of UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1997.

Korean Terraced Garden near Nakseonjae area

Entrance to Sangryangjeong Pavilion

one of the doors in the palace

Jinseonmun Gate

beautiful architectural details of Jinseomun Gate

Zelkova Tree

Regrettably, we were  not able to see the palace garden, referred to prior as Huwon, which is now known as "Biwon" or Secret Garden" tucked away behind the palace. This is considered as an excellent example of Korean garden design and is the only rear garden of any Korean palace. Please take note visitors are required to pay additional charge and need to join a mandatory guided tour here.

If you appreciate a quiet atmosphere, birds chirping and beautiful Korean architecture you will surely marvel at the variety of well-preserved old traditional buildings and pavilions.

The palace is closed on Mondays. For further details, please refer to Changdeokgung Palace website.

✿ Address: Changdeokgung Palace, Yulgokro 99 Jongno-gu, Seoul Republic of Korea
✿ How to get there:
Get on: Hongik Univ. (Line 2)
Transfer: Euljiro 3-gal (Line 2, Line3)
Get off: Anguk (Line 3)
After go out through Exit 3 of Anguk Station, Walk 5 minutes

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πŸ‘‰ Bukchon Hanok Village
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Shopping Galore at Louis Vuitton Greenbelt

It's been a really long time I have a shopping splurge so it was great that HB treated me to things that I really desired and needed. Initially, I just wanted to purchase the Favorite MM bag in Damier Ebene canvas, which isn't too expensive compared to other LV handbags. But what happened next was like a magical shopping galore at Louis Vuitton store in Greenbelt. 

Louis Vuitton Greenbelt facade

Louis Vuitton Women's Section located at the basement

I chose the Favorite MM because it's a cute feminine bag, big enough to carry my long wallet and cellphone. It has multiple carrying options where I can simply sling it over on my shoulder or carry it cross-body style. Another thing just by removing the leather strap it can be converted as a clutch, or use the chain strap as a wrist bag.

Favorite MM Bag and LV Initiales 40MM belt

Favorite MM

I'm totally head over heels with these two rings - the Essential V Ring and Essential V Strass, but I chose the latter because I love its simplicity and feminine touch. 

Essential V Strass ring with pink gold finishing and Swarovski elements

Essential V Ring

Essential V Ring with LV hallmark on front of V

Ivy Bag Charm with engraved Louis Vuitton signature on the snap hook and dangling LV initials

Nano Monogram Bracelet - The distinctive golden clasp, engraved with the Louis Vuitton signature, was inspired by trunk hinges.

a wide array of Women's Handbags on display

 Louis Vuitton Essential V Mono Earring (with a key attached to it), Essential V Ring and  Essential V Stud Earrings

Key Holders and Bag Charms

All in all, I've got the Favorite MM, Initiales 40mm belt, Essential V Strass Ring, Ivy bag charm and Nano monogram bracelet. Honestly, I was quite skeptical because of the price tags but I'm glad I went through with the purchases. Oh, my lucky day!

Have an amazing Monday gorgeous people!   

Address: Louis Vuitton Store, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Ground Floor, Greenbelt IV, Manila, 1228, Philippines

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Seoul, Korea: Nami Island on a Cold Winter Day

Hi lovely peeps, sorry I haven't been blogging in ages because my life got so much busier. I can hardly believe this travel was exactly one year ago. Time has really flown by insanely fast. Anyway, this post about Nami Island is a continuation of my previous article on Korea trip.

We ventured out early and started the day with burger and hot choco at Joy Lotteria near Savoy hotel.

Boarded a train from Myeongdong station then we changed from one route to another until we reached to Gapyeong station.

Seoul Subway Ticket Gates

Gapyeong Station

We took a short taxi trip to get to the ferry wharf bound to Nami Island.

Entrance to the Ferry Wharf

Nami Island Entry Wharf (Immigration) ticket booth

A few minutes later we were braving and heading into a heavy crowded ship. The ferry gradually pitched and rolled with the currents as we made the short trip to the island. I spent staring out the window the whole time admiring the scenery.

Ferry boat

Nami, Naminara or Namiseom Island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from the suburbs of Seoul. This half-moon shaped isle is also the filming site of the popular Korean television drama "Winter Sonata". This is probably one of the reasons why it is flocked with tourists.

Finally Welcome to Nami Island!

Electronic Tour Car at Nami Island

A bridge lined with melted and flattened green soju bottles. Soju is a Korean wine.

Korea Pine Tree Lane

Mother's Happiness sculptures

We managed to get around in only a few hours and even though it was freezing cold we succeeded to make it out alive. Honestly, it was pretty tough for both of us. But we certainly enjoyed this visit and we scored some lovely shots of the snow and the tree-lined lanes.

Back to Myeongdong we spent our night filling our tummies with delicious food.

Korean street food

After spending many hours walking outside the cold it was time for us to get back to the hotel. Unfortunately, I got struck with high fever. Then I started experiencing aches all over my body and uncontrollable shivering. :( Took some medication and vitamins, then crawl into my bed and passed out.

Since I'm so behind and I have so much to share about our Korea trip, I'll just probably be posting photos only to give you lovely peeps in the loop. And I'll be combining in some non-travel related posts as well. Hopefully, I'll be more diligent in blog posting. ;)

 For more details visit https://namisum.com/en/

✿ Nami Island Entry Wharf (Immigration)
1024 Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do 12422 KOREA

✿ Nami Island
1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 24464 KOREA

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