Seoul 2017: Day 2 [Deoksugung & Seoul Metropolitan Library]

by Pauline Padalhin April. 11, 2020 415 views

Deoksugung Palace

After the City Hall, Claudia and I went to Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁) and hoped to see the Changing of the Guards ceremony but again, we missed it. We toured the grounds on our own in a very disorganized manner. Kung ano lang maisipang pasukin, that's what we did.

Royal Palace Integrated Pass

Royal Palace Integrated Pass

Tip #6: Get the Royal Palace Integrated Pass if you are planning to visit all of the Palaces. It will save you time in lining up for tickets in every palace you visit. We bought ours from Deoksugung Palace but you can also get it from any of the other palaces.

Talikodgenic yata ako kasi ang dami-dami kong picture na nakatalikod.

Talikodgenic yata ako kasi ang dami-dami kong picture na nakatalikod.

Practicing social distancing circa 2017.

Practicing social distancing circa 2017.

Perfect jumpshot.

Perfect jumpshot.

The color of this palace is red and green.  Parang pinto ng mga higante ang mga pinto ng palace.  Mas matangkad pa sa akin ang doorknocker!

The color of this palace is red and green. Parang pinto ng mga higante ang mga pinto ng palace. Mas matangkad pa sa akin ang doorknocker!

South Korean palaces are usually housed within a compound and is surrounded by smaller structures of various functions.

South Korean palaces are usually housed within a compound and is surrounded by smaller structures of various functions.

Dahil dalawa lang kami...

Dahil dalawa lang kami...

Kaya salitan kami...

Kaya salitan kami...

... sa pagpapa-picture.

... sa pagpapa-picture.

"What do we have here?  Let me take a peek."

"What do we have here? Let me take a peek."

Seoul Metropolitan Library

After exiting Deoksugung Palace, Claudia and I decided to go home, rest, and wait for Angel and Xyza to arrive. On our way home, nadaanan namin ang Seoul Metropolitan Library. It is Seoul City's main public library and was the former Seoul City Hall. It is open to everybody, a citizen or not.

There seems to be an event in front of the building later that day.

There seems to be an event in front of the building later that day.

Inside the white tents on one side of the building are sellers of food and other stuff. Pagkatapos namin sa loob ng library, bumili kami ng isang kilo ng apple from one of the sellers there. He told us that his wife is a Filipina.

This telephone booth is not just for display.  The phone inside really works.  I just did not know how to operate it.

This telephone booth is not just for display. The phone inside really works. I just did not know how to operate it.

Winter Olympics 2018 was hosted by South Korea in PyeongChang. I cannot resist playing with this mascot before we went on the train towards home.

Winter Olympics 2018 was hosted by South Korea in PyeongChang. I cannot resist playing with this mascot before we went on the train towards home.

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