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Chuseok 2, Gyeongbok-gung palace

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Located in Seoul is Gyeongbok-gung, the biggest palace in the city witch was the seat of the emperor until the japanese invasion 1592 and everything was destroyed. But it was rebuild in the 1900s.

It was the second day of Chuseok and me and Erik wen't there togheter with another friend Zue. The entry as free this day, wich alot of other people also had discoverd.
The change of guards was going on when we arrived, a colorfull parade with swaying flags and exotic music.

After we finished looking we started to explor the area, that investigation took four houers since the area is so gigantig and it was also 35degrees this day. It was impressive to see the thrown hall of the emperor, the queens chambers, the feast hous and everything else that the palace had to offer

It was also impressive to yet again see parents letting their children wear the thick Hanbo, tarditionell korean clothing, for just going out on sightseeing.

The roofs all over the palaces was painted in beutiful and really colorfull patterns.
The garden was like from a fairytale with beautiful trees and a small lake with koifishes and a house in the middle on a small island.

Always the mountins enthroend in the background so the tour was amazing. I will return, but probably when I have more water and a picknick with me.

We ended up in Insa-dong again to eat traditionell korean food.
Afterwards we wen't to a bar were I got to try bamboo wine for the first time. It was suprisingly sweet and I have never heard of it before. But I guess if you can make liqure out of potato, you can probably make liqure out of everything.



Chuseok part 1, Hanok Village

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Week 38, from wensday, It was Chuseok (추석) in Korea. It is koreans most important feast throughout the year, that's why they have three days of holiday. From the beginning, Chusok was the celebration of good harvest. During this holiday the koreans visit their families and relatives, also visiting the family graves. It is a mixture of halloween and thanksgiving, and it is as important as christmas is for us.

                                                     Hanko village
Me and Erik wanted to take part in korean culture so we asked our friend Sue Kim to come with us to Namsangol Hanok Village. It is a small village put togheter with houses, from 1800-1900 century, from the whole of Seoul to preserv them.
No one of us had ever been there, but despite that Sue Kim still had alot to tell us about the houses and the old times. There was alot of peoples and so warm so we took a brake eeating Hangwa that Sue Kim brought. It is a speciall cookie for celebrations like theese and it is made out of rice.

                                                              Me and Sue Kim
After that we explored the houses and the area more. Alot of traditionell activites was going on, among others a drumming on a block of stone that the cildren could try out and traditionell arrow throwing into a vase, a old sport.

During Chuseok the family pust up a podium with food in order to honor their dead relatives. They bow infront of the podium and then let the food sit for on hour before eating it up.

This day many wore the traditionell korean clothing called Hanbo, but mostely small children. Must have been incredible warm.

When we finished walking around Sue Kim took us to the Insa-dong district for some korean traditionell food called banchan and contains many small sidedishes.

Insa-dong is a really cozy and nice area with alot of stores and many things to look at, I fell in love straight away. Sue Kim took us fuhter up in the district to the youtharea and there we had a latte on a roof terass while the sun set, with that view the day coulden't end in a better way.


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