Charm of Korea Ep.2 Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
In my previous post, I learned about the process of entering Korea through Incheon International Airport and how to get there using public transportation. Today, let's take a look at the must-visit places in Korea. It was a schedule of 9 days and 10 nights, but we had to hurry a little because we only had 4 days in Seoul.
Seoul is the capital city of Korea about 1,000 million peoplelive this. Even in the Korean Empire before the Korean government, the capital was the same place. Although the names were different at each period, it would be of great significance that the capital was located in the same place from the Goryeo Dynasty to the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire in this similar area.
It is now divided into north and south, but it must have been of great significance because Hanyang was the place that was guarding the middle position of the Korean Peninsula after the territory of Joseon was confirmed by King Sejong's 4 and 6 bases.
1. Transportation in Seoul
(1) How to get to Gyeongbokgung Palace from Myeongdong
I woke up in the morning, had a quick breakfast, and went out to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace. The opening time of Gyeongbokgung Palace was 9 o'clock, so we had to hurry up. During peak season, there are many people, so you have to keep this in mind. When choosing a tourist destination, I always read the reviews before going.
Trip advisor There are many reviews about famous tourist destinations in each country. Some articles I saw there at lunch time at Gyeongbokgung Palace The ticket office was full of people, so it took about 30 minutes to buy a ticket. So, I decided to go early in the morning when there will be few people.
The lodging we stayed at was in Myeong-dong, and it takes about 20 minutes from the hotel to Gyeongbokgung by public transportation.
Of course, it depends on which public transport you use, but we decided to take the subway.
From Myeong-dong to Gyeongbokgung Palace Myeongdong Station (Line 4)in Chungmuro Station (Line 3)have to go to
This is because you have to transfer to Line 3 at Chungmuro Station.
(2) Seoul’s subway fare system
Seoul is one of the cities with a good subway system. Basically, there are many ways to get on the subway, but today I would like to talk about three of them. first subway The basic rate is 1,250 won.is. After that, 10 won is added for every 50 km between 5 km and 100 km.
In the past, you could ride the subway in the form of a ticket, but that system is now gone. As computer technology has advanced, it has been changed in a simpler way. The reason is that the paper tickets we used before can be used smoothly if they are not wrinkled or damaged when boarding the subway. Also, when purchasing a ticket, you have to pay more according to the distance, but there was a shortcut that the user could set a different destination arbitrarily. I think it may have changed because of this inconvenience.
The first way is to use a T-money card or transportation card. We didn't have to purchase it separately because we had the 'Discover Seoul Pass' mentioned in the previous post, but it is the most popular payment method in Korea. When making a debit card in Korea, the agent asks if you want to use the 'deferred transportation card function'. This applies to debit cards as well as credit cards.
The second way is to use a disposable transportation card. All subway stations are equipped with machines that allow you to recharge your transportation card. If you put in the amount you want, including a deposit of 500 won, an orange card will be released. You can use this card like a regular transportation card. The deposit of 500 won can be refunded at the destination.
The third way is to use a commuter pass. Commuter passes are purchased in advance so that you can ride the subway on a regular basis. The period of use is from 30 to 60 days from the date of purchase, and after 60 days, even if the number of uses is left, it cannot be used, so be careful. People who use commuter passes may not understand because the fare is the same, but I think it can be good because you can distinguish transportation and food expenses when managing money.
2. Gyeongbokgung Palace, a landmark of Korea
(1) Find the ticket office
The fastest way to get to the ticket office at the main gate is from Gyeongbokgung Station, exit 5. Since there are a total of four gates in Gyeongbokgung Palace and each has a ticket office, if there are many people at the ticket office at the main gate, it would be better to purchase tickets through another ticket office. It was impressive that the signage was well laid out so that even first-time visitors could find the way without difficulty.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults and 1,500 won for children. There weren't many people when we entered, but as time went on, more and more people came. Among them, there were many people wearing hanbok, and it is said that if you wear hanbok, you can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace for free.
Another free admission is that the 4th Wednesday of every week is 'Culture Day', and there are many events such as discounts on movie tickets and discounts on exhibitions. This also applies to Gyeongbokgung Palace and other palaces, and admission is free on this day. One tip is that if you want free admission to Gyeongbokgung, don't rent a hanbok on Culture Day.
(2) Where should I buy hanbok?
We did not rent hanbok, but there were many tourists wearing hanbok.
If you want to wear hanbok and go to Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can see many shops around the exit 4 on the left side of Gyeongbokgung Palace. There are many different types of hanbok, but the traditional hanbok has almost disappeared.
Apparently, the main customer base is foreign tourists, so the appearance has been changed to suit them.
The price range is about 10,000 won, and you can rent it for 1 to 2 hours. Also, the price may vary depending on the style of Hanbok.
3. Walk around Bukchon Hanok Village
(1) How to get to Bukchon
Not far from Gyeongbokgung Palace is Bukchon Hanok Village. This place is famous for retaining the form of hanok from the Joseon Dynasty. It is one of the most visited places by tourists wearing hanbok.
To get there, go out through the entrance of Gyeongbokgung National Folk Museum and walk down the small road next to the Sewoom Art Space building. After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see a sign that says Jeongdok Library, and if you walk a little further, you will see Jaedong Supermarket. From there, you can check the famous streets of Bukchon.
(2) What are the Eight Views of Bukchon?
Bukchon Eight Views is a selection of 8 scenic spots in Bukchon Hanok Village. There are 1 to 8 views, and if you want to see the beauty of hanok, you can find 5,6,7, XNUMX, and XNUMX views. The reason why Bukchon Hanok Village is so popular with people is because Seoul actually has a lot of apartments, and this place is definitely different from the typical modern dwelling in Korea. In addition, there is a small exhibition hall and an observatory in the middle, so it is a space where Koreans can have a good experience.
(3) Gentrification and Tourismfication
When we arrived, there were already many tourists taking pictures. Recently, a lot of tourists have come, so it is said that the residents living in Bukchon Hanok Village are suffering a lot. While gentrification is when an irrational situation arises from the original residents for some reason, tourism is a phenomenon in which the quality of life of indigenous peoples is reduced in some way by tourists. The fortress even coined the term 'over tourism'. Because of this, we need to consider the position of the indigenous peoples, who are exposed to the threat of garbage problems, loud noises, and various crimes.