You can probably see where I am going with this, but the majority of this palace was outside, even what was inside was barely inside. There were no corridors, if you wanted to change rooms, you needed to go outside. If the King wanted to visit his concubines, he had a good 1km walk ahead of him. Although I am not sure how that worked - surely the concubines would go to him? Not sure, the guidebook didn't really cover that and the Korean, Japanese and Chinese tours weren't really going to enlighten me.
It was also the middle of winter, with a top of 4C (38F) and it was packed. There were people everywhere. Which worked for me, I could get people to take a few snaps of me.
It wasnt too cold, see no beanie! Lets ignore how small my head looks with all those layers on.
Anyway, wandering around. I found the ground pretty cool. Just to put this all into context, this palace was destroyed around 100 years ago when the Japanese were occupying Korea. It has been being rebuilt since 1990. So as far as I could tell from my KRW500 (about $0.50 AUD and USD) guide book, none of it is original apart from some of the stone work.
This beautiful room was set out over a lake, the lake had the biggest koi fish I have ever seen in it but the green water here meant they didnt photograph well. I found a better lake with the same size fish later on.
It was actually really muddy everywhere, due to the snow last weekend. If you missed it, it snowed in Seoul last week and I went on a bit of a hike!
Bet you were excited about the fish picture weren't you? Well, they were in this pond/lake thing you can see above.
I then wandered from the palace down to Insadong and wandered the streets there, I grabbed some dinner and a delicious deep fried donut thing, I have no idea what this was, but there was some type of sugary caramel syrup inside that made me want to build a big Korean donut and move into it, it was the most delicious sweet I have had ever. ever. I dont even know what it was called. I am heartbroken. I am clearly going to have to go back.
From Insadong, I then wandered down to the man made stream, which you can read all about on Wikipedia but the short version is it was an old stream that used to be here was concreted over in the 70s and they spend 300 million converting it back to a stream which opened in 2005.
I love the stepping stones to jump across. It looks a little bare in Winter, but pictures of it in summer look beautiful.
That was my Sunday, what did yours look like?