Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Seoul | Gyeongbokgung Palace and Samcheong-dong


Anna Sui maxi dress // SHOP SIMILAR
Coach boots // SHOP HERE

The modernism of what we saw in Seoul early on in our trip and during Seoul Fashion Week was so exciting and fast-paced, but it also had us wanting to seek out a more traditional Seoul. We had Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Insa-dong area high up on our lists after doing a little history research on the city. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It's been restored multiple times since then and its traditional Korean architecture has delightfully been preserved. Peacefully extravagant and strikingly arched upwards at each corner. The palace felt like a protector standing tall, forever overlooking. It was also interesting to notice the traditional clothing worn by the guards on display in front of the palace, who later went on to perform a traditional guard changing ceremony. A few girls visiting the palace were sporting a hanbok, similar to a kimono (but definitely shouldn't be called a kimono). Despite it being inspired by the clothing worn during the Han Dynasty of China, it is quite different from a kimono . . . much more oversized and lacking of a sash to be tied around the waist. With all the colors taking over the front of the palace, it was a beautiful scene to experience. Of course, Natalie had to plop down front and center of the palace to get the perfect "from where I sit" foot shot. Oh social media.

After taking in the grandness of Gyeongbokgung Palace, we wandered in the direction of what we thought to be Bukchon Hanok Village (which Natalie and I stumbled upon near the end of our trip). Along the way we passed many art galleries, and we felt we were about to come across a more creative part of Seoul which would be very special for that matter. We turned a corner at a street where we noticed the buildings turning more traditional in style, but also with a conceptual, off beat flair. There definitely was something different about this part of Seoul. We found out we were in Samcheong-dong. Despite being metropolitan feeling and consumer-oriented, there was still a very visible calmness in this part of Seoul; the Korean traditional houses being a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.

There was a mix of traditional tea houses and European-style coffee shops, the latter which are quite a popular attraction in all of Seoul. This is also the place to be if one is looking for some colorful, handmade goods and interesting fashions. There is something here for all artistic tastes. From French-style berets and pom pom decorated slip-on sneakers to old school Korean decor, Samcheong-dong was the perfect balance of new and old, and was one of our favorite places to explore and find some souvenirs to take home to family and friends.

After quite some time walking around and making our way in and out of locally designed fashion stores, we found a treehouse-inspired coffee shop that transported me to Berlin to kick back in. That was our day in a nutshell. A day very well spent. 


Unknown said...

love your dress


Stephanie said...

Wow Amazing pictures! I love how you captured every detail, love the lifestyle and the culture seems awesome! BTW love your look too! :)



Natali said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos! I'm so inspired!


Unknown said...

Amazing pictures!

Rachel said...

So dreamy and so lovely! Thanks for posting this, I love following your adventures!



Michelle Lee said...

love your dress and boots!
amazing amazing photos as always!
great stories


rosie said...

wow tons of gorgeous pics, you are amazing.

Dani said...

Excuse the generic comment but I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! Really! I've had a lot of friends post about their South Korean escapades but I've never seen the city photographed like yours. :)

Xin said...

Wow I am totally in love with every single photo you have, its so amazing!! You rock girl!



Rachel Ang said...

Amazing photos! You successfully captured these places soo beautifully and accurately.

Rachel x

Tusks and Tails said...

So awesome! Wish I was there!