Sunday, July 02, 2017

Visit South Korea Part 4

On our couple final days, we leisurely spent most our time in the city.



We managed to see the royal guard changing ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace in the morning. We also visited the palace museum which surprisingly had quiet extensive collections.



We also went to Bukchon Hanok Village, the Korean War Museum and strolled around Itaewon. 

I personally enjoyed the Korean War Museum. It was huge with extensive history not only about the Korean War itself but also Korean History in general as well. I suggest to spend at least 3 hours there.

Visit South Korea Part 3

After spending two days in Busan, we booked a tour to visit the South and North Korea border which famously known as the Demilitarized Zone or DMZ in Panmunjom. Tourists can only visit the DMZ guided by licensed tour agencies and need to show ID/passport to get in.



In DMZ, we first went to Imjingak Park where we could cross the freedom bridge and see the freedom highway from a far. Back in the war day, the freedom bridge was used to free war prisoners from North to South Korea or vice versa. Until today, every year the two Governments have to agree on the date in which the family that live in separation between the South and North can see each other in an official arranged meeting.

We also went to the third incomplete tunnel which was developed by the North Korean military in 1970s. We went inside the tunnel which was very steep and had low ceiling in some points. After visiting the tunnel, we head to Dorasan Station which is a train station built in a hope to provide transport connecting the South and North Korea. However, there is no single train operational since the completion of the station.






We ended our tour by visiting the Joint Security Area (JSA) where we could stand right on the South and North Korea border line. We technically landed our feet on the North Korea's soil!

The tour was lasted the whole day. We arrived back in Seoul in the evening and thought to return to Myeongdong to grab a dinner (and do a little shopping) before heading to our Airbnb.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Visit South Korea Part 2

Busan was the next city we visited on the fourth day. We spent only a night, and we took the high speed train to and from Busan. 


On the first day in Busan, we spent our first day visited Jagalchi fish market where we ate fresh seafood and did a bit of hiking in Gamcheon Cultural Village. It took only about 15 minutes from the fish market to Gamcheon by bus. In the village, visitors can take pictures with colorful houses and murals as the background and enjoy the bay view from top of the hill. Don't forget to spend a moment and relax in one of the cute cafes in the village. We head back to the city center and ended our day by having fried chicken and fries fiesta at Kyochon.

 


On the second day, we went to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple which was located right on the coastline of Busan. It was beautiful, but I believe it will be much more alive if all the lanterns are lit. 

We then head back to Seoul using high speed train from Busan Station which took us about 2.5 hours. We went straight to our Airbnb.