On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
Three Yonsei Global club members and three exchange students went on a tour to Changduck Palace. Changduck palace is a palace of the Joseon Dynasty located in Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is an example of comprehensive environmental design that harmonizes architecture and landscape. It is also an important cultural heritage that makes us experience the Korean traditional culture.
We first went to a Hanbok rental shop to try on Hanbok, Korean traditional clothing. There were various beautiful clothes to wear. After we all got dressed up in Hanbok, we went to the front gate of Changduck palace and started our tour. Although the weather was a bit cold to wear hanbok, we were able to feel the atmosphere of Joseon Dynasty just by wearing it.
We saw Injeongjeon, which was used for major state affairs, and took pictures in front of it. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful the architect is. Then, we saw Seonjeongjeon, Huijeongdang, Daejojeon, and so on. During the whole tour, we talked about the history of each architect, special features, and how it was used in the past. By strolling around the whole palace slowly, we could experience the beauty of Korean palace.
After the tour, we went to a restaurant to have dinner. We had Noodle Soup with Clams and Noodle Soup with Perilla Seed. Since it was a bit cold outside, we could warm ourselves with it. During dinner, we talked about our hometown, cultures, languages and so on. We were together for five hours and it was an exciting day.