Seoul Searching: Gyeokbokgung Palace, Bukchon, Insadong, Namdaemun Market

 Gyeongbokgung Palace

It is one of the main tourist attractions in Seoul. It’s the biggest and most beautiful palace in Seoul. According to Visit Korea, the palace is built in 1935 and was once destroyed by fire during the Japanese Invasion but was restored in the reign go King Gojong. 

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Don’t miss the changing of guards held at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. It’ll be a cool experience to witness it. After Gyeokbokgung Palace, you can also visit the National Korean Museum which is also inside the compound. 

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The guards don’t move at all.

You can also rent their national costume called hanbok at rental places just across the palace. We tried the hanbok after we roamed inside the palace. If I were to do it again, I would rent the hanbok first before going in so you can take photos inside the beautiful Gyeonbokgung while wearing the hanbok. Wearing the hanbok was easy because you just need to put it on top of what you’re wearing. Be prepare to shell out 10,000WON or PHP490 good for two hours. 

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Admission: Free but if you want to go inside the palace, it’ll cost you 3000WON or PHP 148

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to the interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Gyeongbokgung, Exit 5

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon means northern village. It’s home to traditional Korean houses and is also a residential area. Make sure to keep it down so you won’t disturb the residents. You’ll definitely feel the Korean Culture just by looking at their old houses. 

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Guys, let’s all agree that it’s a nice background for an OOTD. LOL.

Admission: Free

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Anguk, Exit 2


It’s a long street full of shops, restaurants, alleys with cafès, teahouses and galleries. This is the place for souvenir shopping- from keychains, chopsticks with spoon sets, fridge magnets, figurines and hand-painted fans. If art is your thing, galleries are also abundant on this street. You can look at beautiful artworks for free. 

I wasn’t able to research for a good teahouse but luckily we saw this teahouse as we strolled the street of Insadong. They serve a variety of tea, coffee and desserts. An American guy was also on his way to this teahouse so we just followed him. LOL.

The teahouse had a traditional Korean vibe. It looked like the houses in Bukchon Hanok Village. Although the servers weren’t fluent in English, they were friendly and accommodating. The tea tasted exquisite and authentic.



My hot tea tasted like peach with herbs. It was sweet, satisfying and yummy!

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Anguk, Exit 6

Namdaemun Market

For wholesale finds, Namdaemun is the perfect place for you. It’s the largest traditional Korean market in Seoul. The stores open at 12MN to 6AM. 

I googled what to do in Namdaemun and found out that there was a small place there where locals eat authentic Korean dishes. We went there to look for that place and try out their best-selling bibimbap. It came with unlimited kimchi and sigeumchi namul (seasoned spinach).






Not my best shot but who cares! Bibimbap FTW! It’s 5500WON or PHP 270 for a bowl of bibimbap.

Address: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Get off at Hoenghyeon Station (line 4, same line as Myeongdong)

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