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April 8, 2015

Dongmyo Shrine, Cheonggyecheon and Changdeokgung Palace

We spent our first day exploring the nearby area in Dongmyo. As we were walking around the are we passed by the Dongmyo Shrine (also known as Seoul Donggwanwangmyo) in Seoul was built in 1601. Construction began in 1599 and took two years to complete. On January 21st, 1963 Dongmyo Shrine was designated as Treasure No. 142.  The shrine was built to honour Chinese Commander Guan Yu (162 – 219). The spirit of Guan Yu is said to have appeared and helped the Koreans defeat the Japanese. The shrine was built at the request of the Ming Dynasty for their part in aiding the Koreans during the Imjin War (Japanese invasion in 1592). In China, Guan Yu was a hero and many temples and shrines were built in his honour. 

The shrine is enclosed by a stone / mud wall and and covers an area of 9,315 m². As this shrine was built to honour a Chinese Hero the style, design and shape were built following the Chinese design style.

Around the shrine you will find Dongmyo Flea Market where you can buy anything and everything. Many vendors or people sell used items from the side of the road or shops.

Cheonggyecheon  is a 10.9 km (7.0 miles) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul.

The water was so clear.

 As we were walking towards the bus stop, we passed by the stalls selling street foods. Then we tasted some that looks yummy.

We rode a bus going to Changdeokgung Palace. 

Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 6.
Walk for about 10-min to arrive at the palace entrance.
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
Walk straight from the exit (towards east) for about 5-min to arrive at the palace entrance.

Take Bus No. 7025, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272 or 601 and get off at Changdeokgung Palace Bus Stop.

Ticket price: 3000

Since it's in early spring, we spotted some blossoms.

After some photo shoots we decided to end our palace tour because we were so hungry as it's past 1:00pm already.


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