On a nice autumn day, four Yonsei Global members and four exchange students went sightseeing Gyeongbokgung Palace, a heart of Seoul and the most magnificent royal palace in South Korea.
Before going on a tour to the palace, we
visited Hanbok rental shop to try on Korean traditional costumes. Since there
were a variety of Hanboks and beautiful accessories, we had pleasant worries
choosing what to wear. With our Hanboks on, we then headed to the main gate of
the palace. At there, we were overwhelmed by the grand atmosphere of the
majestic gate. The first architecture we saw inside was Geunjeongjeon, the
throne hall of the palace. Featuring colorful exteriors, black pagodas, and
exquisite carving, the throne hall was aesthetic enough to captivate our minds.
Then, we went to Gyotaejeon, royal residence for the queen. In front of Gyotaejeon,
five of female students took a picture as if they were a royal family of
After taking photos, we went to
Gyeonghoeru, which was used as banquet hall. It is not an exaggeration to say
that Gyeonghoeru was the highlight of our tour. With the splendid setting on
the pond, the architecture stood out against the mountainous backdrop of Mt.
Bugak and Mt. Inwang. We stayed here for a while to enjoy the exotic flavor of
Korean traditional culture.
While we walked around the palace, we
appreciated natural scenery as well as architectures. We were very lucky
because we could see reds and golds of autumn in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Gingko,
Zelkova, and Willow trees created romantic atmosphere of the fall.
As a final program of the tour, we went to
K-barbeque restaurant. We tried various parts of pork such as pork belly, rib,
etc. While we had dinner, we talked about cultures, customs, and languages
around the world. Overall, today’s tour was fun and fruitful. Exchange students
could experience the unique culture of Korea. Yonsei Global members were able
to learn about various cultures from them. After about 5 hours of long tour, we
said goodbye to each other, and returned to home. Everyone of us was satisfied
with the tour by the time the program ended.
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