경복궁 (Chuseok 2016)

Translation: Gyeongbokgung (Seoul Palace).

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경복궁 is huge.

I mean really huge. Huge in a way that makes Lotte World seem small. All I could think about while wandering around the palace grounds was how strange it must’ve been to have lived there. Thinking that the king would have been largely confined there; not in a literal sense, but stuck there due to both duty and safety concerns.

Which helps explain the scale. Here in Jeonju, our “downtown” area is Gaeksa, and that was the servant area of the government seat down here. A whole neighborhood just to house servants and helpers. Such things still boggles this American’s mind.


One word of warning, take all travel guides advice with a grain of salt. I read numerous places about how the best time to visit Seoul and 경복궁 was Chuseok, as most residents in Seoul would return to their ancestral homes. Which is presumably true. But, given that Seoul is a metropolis of 12 million people, there will still be plenty of (other) tourists milling about. (As you can see in the pictures above.)

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