Seoul The Secret Garden

Summer in Seoul – The Secret Garden

After visiting Changdeokgung Palace, our next stop is to The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden (Huwon) is a rear garden at the Changdeokgung that flows naturally with nature and was used as a place of leisure by members of the royal family. At 78 acres, the Secret Garden takes up about 60% of the palace grounds. … Continue reading Summer in Seoul – The Secret Garden


Summer in Seoul – Changdeokgung

Glad the weather was good on the morning we visited Changdeokgung and the Huwon Secret Garden.  We walked to Changdeokgung after having breakfast in the apartment at Insadong. Changdeokgung is also known as Donggung, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung.  Changdeokgung was constructed in 1405 by King Taejong (1400-1418), … Continue reading Summer in Seoul – Changdeokgung


Summer in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung

The weather was gloomy, raining half the time while we were there. We spent the morning at the Gyeongbokgung (or the Royal Palace), walking distance from Insadong, where we stayed. Gyeongbokgung, ("Gung" means Palace in Korean) built in 1395 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 to 1910) by its founder King Taejo.  It was … Continue reading Summer in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung

Seoul Insadong

Summer in Seoul – Insadong

After I was done with my work, my friend flew in from Singapore on Friday evening to join me for the rest of the trip.  On Saturday, we moved out of Gangnam-gu, the business area, to Fraser Suite at Insadong, the cultural district, at Jongno-gu, a venue for shopping and local entertainment with art galleries, antique … Continue reading Summer in Seoul – Insadong

Traditional Korean House Phil Kyung Jae

Summer in Seoul – Gangnam

It was September, I was in Seoul for business. Decided to extend my stay for another week for vacation as the last time I was there for holiday was a few years ago.  The weather was less hot but the sky was gloomy. While on business, I was staying at Park Hyatt at Gangnam-gu, a … Continue reading Summer in Seoul – Gangnam

Namsan Park

Imagine Your Autumn in Seoul

I was in Seoul in early November two years ago, in time to witness the changing colour of the leaves and the changing of season. I was there for business and stayed at Grand Hyatt, Namsan at Yongsan district, right next to Namsan Park, the largest park in Seoul. Grand Hyatt is one of the … Continue reading Imagine Your Autumn in Seoul

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Imagine Your Winter in South Korea

My first trip to Korea was in 2003, when Korean Drama (aka K-drama) was introduce to Asia. The biggest hit then was Winter Sonata, the K-drama that "swept" across Asia - the beginning of Korean Wave. A series of drama on different seasons Autumn, Spring and Summer followed.  More than a decade later, the Korean … Continue reading Imagine Your Winter in South Korea

Seoul The Secret Garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O (Pond)

I am currently blogging on my vacation to Korea, contributing to this week's photo challenge theme - H2O, based on my trip in Korea. An idyllic environment can be created by building a pavilion near the pond in the garden, like the rear gardens in the palaces in Korea, the place where the king and princes contemplated … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O (Pond)