There were five palaces in Seoul. One could easily visit the wrong one, if we travelled in different taxi, without any knowledge of Korean. You could also wait at different entrance of the same palace, and without WIFI, we could wait in vain. Luckily we were abled to overcome the initial problem, but a lot of walking.

We were at Deoksugung Palace, (Virtuous Longectivity) more of an official palace, with change of guards. Many of the palaces were damaged or destroyed by Japanese during their invasion in Korea.


We walked from this palace to Changdeokgng (Eastern Palace). Together with The Secret Garden (formerly called Forbidden Garden), this place was a UNESCO site, and the entrance fees was 8000 krw each; almost Rm30 (US $75) each. The little stone carving marked the spot (No 1 for PM) where official had to line up for kneeling to their emperor.

The Korean lady was our tour guide for The Secret Garden. She spoke excellent English, with American accent, a graduate from one of Women’s Universities. When I asked her about the students at Emha, she replied that they were just shy to speak, fear of making mistakes. Frankly I doubted that statement, for other tourists encountered the same problem.

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