There are numerous observatories at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, Odusan Unification Observatory (오두산 통일전망대) is one of them. It has opened its doors to the public for nearly 25 years. The observatory has about 2-kilometer distance from the grounds of North Korea.
On the fourth day of our family trip, Danny and I brought them to Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace (경복궁), the biggest among 5 of the palaces in Seoul. In English, Gyeongbokgung (Hanja: 景福宮) means The Palace of Shining Happiness. Another name they call it is The Northern Palace due to its locality. Moreover, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in the capital. A great place to strengthen those hamstrings, too.
It was built in 1395 during the Joseon dynasty and had been destroyed by fire, but King Gojong was able to restore it during his reign. I won’t elaborate more of its history because it’s quite long, repetitive and probably boring to some. To learn more about the palace, please visit their website. Link is at the bottom part of this post.
Hooray! It’s 2016. How was your Christmas holiday, by the way? I hope it was festive and fabulous. Danny and I had a terrific time despite our simplified merry makings and Christmas eve dinner. We didn’t have the fabled white Christmas but, we experienced a Christmas-y spirit in a Korean way. I enjoyed the decors at Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel (밀레니엄 서울힐튼호텔). Every Christmas season, they set up their gigantic and dazzling tree along with some miniature Christmas trains.
Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea — At long last, I’ve stepped foot in the iconic furniture retail shop called IKEA. There’s only a small area of Ikea inside a mall back in my hometown. Danny and I didn’t have a list of whatsoever furniture we need (or we think we need) because there’s not much space… Continue reading IKEA Food
Seoul, South Korea — Bukchon Hanok Village, literally means northern traditional village, is situated between Jongmyo Shrine and two famous palaces namely Gyeongbuk andChangdeok. Most visitors and tourists merely take photos at this very spot of the famous traditional village