Exploring Heritage in Seoul
Today the theme is exploring heritage in Seoul. So there will be lots of walking. Luckily the rain stopped today and the weather is very nice! not too hot and not too cold.
Bugaksan Mountain (북악산 北岳山)
The Seoul inner city is surrounded by 4 mountains in each direction and a city wall called Hanyangdoseong (한얀도성 漢陽都城) has been built across the mountains which has more than 600 years of history. The city wall was a defense factility for all the palace located inside the Hanyangdoseong. The city wall has 4 main gate and 4 auxiliary gate located in each direction. The Dongdaemun we often go shopping at is actually the Eastern main gate of the city wall.
Bugaksan Mountain, also called Baegak Mountain (백악산 白岳山) is the moutain located at the north of the city wall. Along the Baegak Trail you will be able to walk along the city wall and reach the top of the mountain.
The trail starts at Changuimun and ends at Malbawi Information Center and it takes about 2 hours. The scenic view is fantastic along the trail. On the other hand, there are some military facilities along the trail to protect the Cheongwadae (Blue House of Korea) so there are few places photo are not allowed.
Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 北村韓屋村)
After completing the Baegak Trail, I took a bus and reached the Bukchon Hanok Village nearby.
‘Hanok’ refers to the traditional Korean house. Usually what you have seen is house of people with high social status in the past, that’s why they are nicely built. (Day 5 of this trip I will visit another kind of traditional house!)
Although it is worthy to take a selfie with those building, however, there are too many tourists here and there is no chance to take good photos without ours in the backgrounds. And also because of the large amount of tourist, recently it is only allowed visit this place in certain hours of the day.
Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁 景福宮)
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the main palace of the Joseon dynasty in Korea. If you are a K-drama fan, you should be very familiar with it. The entrance fee for the palace is very low, so I would say this is a must go location in Seoul. In some season it will open at night as well with limited time. The palace is very big, and I don’t have to energy and time to visit all the places inside.
At some specific time per day, there will be a show by the ‘soldier’. Make sure you check the time before you go.
Gwanghwamun Plaza (광화문광장 光化門廣場)
Gwanghwamun Plaza is a plaza outside the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Incidentally, on that day there is a large protest event and it is crowd. One thing I find interesting is all the tourist are just right next to the protest and not being affected at all surprisingly.
The Seoul heritage tour ends here.
This series of posts recorded my trip to South Korea during April – May 2019