We are excited to announce that Korea Ye now has several staff writers who will be writing for us on a weekly basis! Please welcome Amy, who’s helping us kick things off with this post about her family’s visit to about the Unhyeongung Royal Residence in Seoul. For those of you who have been sending us your submissions – or those who have been wanting to but haven’t yet – don’t worry! We are still accepting submissions for anyone who would like to contribute their new find with us.
CONTRIBUTED BY AMY HICKERSON
While on a different outing in the city last spring, my family and I passed by this site and I have wanted to go back ever since to check it out. I thought it was another palace I had missed, but after a little googling, I discovered it was a “royal residence”…so, kind of a small portion of a palace. Good enough. I informed my family we were going on an adventure, and off we went!
Based on the subway directions (Anguk station, exit 4 or Jongno-3 station, exit 4), I knew it was close to Insadong, and I could tie in a stroll through that market in to our visit.
On the way there, we did stroll through a few side streets in Insadong; always a fun opportunity to capture some great photos of everyday life in Korea that our friends back in the states just can’t fully comprehend and appreciate. An overloaded truck of woven goods? In the States, the theme from Sanford & Son would come to mind. But here, “Oh, how fun! I love it!”
We also passed an elementary school with a marker of having been the site for the very first elementary school in Korea. Wow!
Once at the royal residence, it feels like the other palaces and parks… a nice quiet and calm location to wander, relax, practice photography, learn, experience.
It takes about an hour to walk through the grounds. I also noticed a “Korean Traditional Clothing Experience” station, but as we have all done that before at other locations, we did not do that here. There is also a small café & restrooms on the premises.
For more information, visit their website.
Admission: From their website “The palace will offer free admission starting on March 20, 2014 in accordance with the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s partial revision of the Local Cultural Heritage Protection Act.”
Address: 464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 삼일대로 464 (운니동)
Directions: Anguk station, exit 4 or Jongno-3 station, exit 4