Soak in Some Cul­ture

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GYEONG­BOK­GUNG

This is ar­guably the largest and grand­est of the five tra­di­tional palaces in Seoul. En­joy a leisurely stroll through the pic­turesque grounds (ad­mis­sion: 3,000 won), and try to catch the fas­ci­nat­ing guard-chang­ing cer­e­mony. I couldn’t re­sist sidling up to an un­smil­ing guard in his bright, tra­di­tional cos­tume to sneak a shot. Get­ting there: Take the sub­way to Gyeong­bok­gung Palace Sta­tion (Line 3) and use Exit 5.

IN­SADONG A well-known arts and cul­ture street, In­sadong is lined with quaint cafes, tea­houses and art gal­leries. But walk fur­ther and you’ll come to a mod­ern com­plex called Ssamziegil – a de­signer hand­i­craft hub. Its pic­ture-wor­thy, spi­ral al­leys are packed with shops sell­ing beau­ti­ful ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts. I couldn’t re­sist buy­ing two pretty, hand-painted fans. Get­ting there: It’s a 10-minute walk from Gyeong­bok­gung (exit from Gwangh­wa­mun gate). Cross the main road and turn left. Go straight along the main road and you’ll see In­sadong on your right.

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