Cheonggyecheon Stream – South Korea

The Cheonggyecheon Stream is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul, South Korea. On each side of the stream is a contemporary linear park. The stream and park were part of an urban renewal project that transformed an inner-city eyesore into a nature filled multifunctional public space. The stream starts from…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace Changing of the Guard – S. Korea

My previous post was on the Gyeongbokgung Palace but a visit to the palace is not complete without watching the changing of the guard ceremony. During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guards were responsible for guarding and patrolling the gates of the capital city and the royal palaces. The guards were split into a day…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace – South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in Seoul, South Korea and is the largest of the five grand palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. It was built in 1395 and is known as the Northern Palace because it is located furthest north compared to the other palaces. Entrance into the palace complex is through a large main…

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Sungnyemun Gate – South Korea

Sungnyemun Gate (also known as Namdaemun Gate) is located in central Seoul and is designated as the National Treasure of South Korea in 1962. The name Namdaemun means Gate of Exalted Ceremonies. Sungnyemun Gate is one of the four Great Gates of Seoul, the Heunginjimun Gate is the only other surviving gate. Construction on the…

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