Gyeonghui-gung Palace was the smallest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty, because it was originally constructed as just a royal villa. Kings and royalties used to hold their daily excursions here. Constructed in 1617 and completed in 1623, Gyeonghui-gung Palace originally had 100 units of large and small palace structures, but were destroyed or damaged during the Japanese occupation; much like how the other palaces in Seoul suffered under Japanese tyranny. The Japanese completely destroyed Gyeonghui-gung in order to put up a school for Japanese citizens. Before the Japanese came, a total of ten kings resided in this Seoul Palace.
Visiting Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm
Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm, is a place that is truly unique yet distinctly Asian. Divided for many years, there are two existing factions in this part of the world, one in the North and the other, the South. Although they come from but one country, there are plenty of differences when it comes to the people residing in these divisions.
North Korea, the Hermit Country or so it’s called, continues to thrive in old-school practices strictly enforced by a military regime. The locals make it a point to stick to their roots and in doing so have closed their doors to the rest of the world. People live simply and devote themselves to the cause. They live to please their leader, their Father, once was Kim Jong Il and now his successor, Kim Jong Un.
The strict and military nature of life in the northern part of Korea is a complete opposite to what the people and practices are in the South. Carefree, vibrant, and full of life; this is what South Korea is to a lot of people. A bustling city center in the heart of the Land of the Morning Calm, Seoul, continues to thrive as a developing economic, political, and commercial center attracting international attention day in and day out. The people in the South, unlike their northern counterparts, live in freedom. They engage in various activities, they have fun, they sing, they dance, they travel, and they live life to the fullest.
For the limited few that have seen the northern part of the country, the vibe is completely different from what can be experienced down South. Korea is a mix of old traditions and modern practices which can easily be identified by taking a look at lives in the North and South.
When in Jeju-do, make sure to visit Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, one of the island’s main tourist attractions. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall creates a spectacular site as waters, 12-meters wide, take a 22-meter drop into an artificial pool that is 20 meters deep. The waters sometimes spread out even wider after a rain. The cascading water comes from a spring out of the floor of the Somban Stream.
South Korea’s premiere island destination is Jeju-do or Jeju Island. It is referred to as the “island of the gods”, and is extremely popular among honeymooners. It is home to many of the planet’s most spectacular rock and lava formations that ceaseless attract the attention of scientists from all over the world. Millions of local and foreign tourists, researchers, backpackers, photographers, spelunkers, nature lovers, and honeymooners have visited and enjoyed the beauty of this volcanic island. The attractions do not lie squarely within the confines of the island. On its eastern end are the equally gorgeous Udo Island and the Udo Maritime Park.
The island is named “Udo” because it resembles a lying cow. Udo Maritime Park covers the island’s only two ports (Udo Port and [Read more…]
South Korea has definitely earned the respect of the world not just as a leading economy but also an import tourism destination. It successfully blends its modern facilities and structures with its traditional temples and palaces. South Korea’s Yakcheonsa Temple is notable for two things: it is not located in the capital city of Seoul and was built only in the 1990s. Yet, it remains as a leading tourist attraction and place of worship also for two reasons: it is found in the beautiful volcanic island of Jeju and physically it is so huge and intricately decorated.
The stunning temple is colossal and definitely one of the most impressive and enchantingly decorated temples in the country. It is 30 [Read more…]
After 50 years of hard work and national determination, South Korea has risen to become a leading developed nation in Asia. Its stable and growing economy is the 12th in the world. What’s really amazing about this country is that its modern developments are always coupled with local culture, traditions and love for national heritage. The country is also blessed with a number of natural attractions, and one of them is Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak in Jeju-do.
Like most mountains in the world, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak took shape from volcanic activities several thousand to million years in [Read more…]
The Jakyakdo Island is located just off the coast of Incheon in between the city proper and the island that make up the Incheon International Airport. Jakyakdo is literally just a stone’s throw away from the mainland. This little island is not much bigger than a few blocks of the city and much of its territory consists of wooden hills and lovely vegetation.
History says that Jakyakdo was never really part of the Incheon territory until the year 1963. The island was originally part of Bucheon-gun of the Gyeonggi Province and was only incorporated into Incheon later on. The island was originally called the Mulchi [Read more…]