Jassie goes to OPPA LAND! (Day 4)

10:45 pm

And we're down to the last 2 days of my 2017 visit to Korea. With no time to waste, we prepped up and went to the National Folk Museum of Korea. Personally, I think that going deeper to the roots of a nation's culture is a must, hence the Folk Museum became part of the itinerary.
Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.

(I wasn't able to take pictures of the wax figures in the museum because we weren't allowed to do so.)
 Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.
 The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
 Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.

The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.

Address: 37 Samcheong-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-3704-3114
Hours: M-F, 9AM-6:30PM; Sat-Sun, 9AM-6PM

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-3700-3900
Hours: Wed-Mon, 9AM-6PM

 We dropped by Bukochon Hanok Village since it's just few blocks away from the palace. I honestly think that this is the highlight of day 4 because the ambience of the villages would take you to the Joseon Era.
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

Address: Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-2133-1371

 I also did some Kdrama filming locations hunting. I still couldn't get over Goblin and Kim Bok Joo that time that I really searched nearby locations.

It just so happened that Goblin filmed at Gyeongbokgung Palace and I'm really happy that I was able to take a picture at the same exact spot Gong Yoo was standing on! (Insert fan girl scream)
If you've watched Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok Joo and remembered how goofy Bok Joo was during her date with Dr. Jae, you'd find this place familiar. That place is actually the Seoul Museum of Art.
 Of course, we just had to do some more shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and we had dinner at some local restaurant.
After dinner, we headed back to out hotel and prepared our things since this is the last full day we had in Korea.

Tune in next time for my last day in Oppa Land! Do check out, like, and subscribe to my Youtube channel to see more adventures!

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