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Spending my morning with the Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Now that the end of this trip is getting closer, I’m beginning to feel muscle pains in my back, legs and arms.

The excitement of going to places and do some touristy stuff bore me now a bit and all I want is just sleep, sleep and sleep. You know, like lying in your bed without fellow hostellers making loud noises.

I’m already looking forward to that—even just for a day.

So, today, I took it easy—by not seeing too much in a one day! I spent my morning at Gyeongbokgung Palace with the soldiers. 😉

I went there around 10:00 and I was lucky to witness the soldiers’ parade right at the entrance of the main palace. I’m not sure if they’re doing it every hour for few minutes or only at certain times during the day. It’s like the changing of the guard in London or anywhere else.

During the parade, the soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace are wearing the soldiers’ uniform in ancient times. It’s predominantly red and white colours which match with the palace’s architecture. They’re holding a spear taller than them—and boy they’re real and sharp! All of them are wearing black hats and sporting a beard and moustache–which is kinda hot. LOL…

Visitors can take photos next to the guard but just don’t annoy or disturb the. Or in other words, don’t be a jerk by making faces, challenging them to smile back at you. Remember, they have weapons that can kill you in a heartbeat! 😉

So, just strike a pose and say, “cheese.”

Entrance fee: 3,000 Won

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.
The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.
The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Morning Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

CLASSIC SOUTH KOREA
TOUR: EXPEDITION TO PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA

 

 

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