Our fourth day in Seoul, Korea was mostly chill. Our main objective was to visit the National Museum of Korea. I really wanted to visit the museum because of the beautiful paintings I saw in “Saimdang: Light Diary”. On we went, and in the evening, we met with our Korean friends for dinner and a late-night drinking sesh in Itaewon.

For those who doesn’t know about “Saimdang: Light Diary”, it’s a K-drama that tells the story of “Korean art history lecturer (lee Young-ae) discovers the diary of a historical figure, and unravels the secret of a mysterious portrait that helps her re-discover the extraordinary life of Shin Saimdang (also played by Lee), a renowned poet-artist in the Joseon era.”
Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimdang,_Light%27s_Diary


Photo Grabbed from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimdang,_Light%27s_Diary

Our first Stop: National Museum of Korealocated at 37 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea (No Entrance Fee).

From afar while walking towards to the museum, I was immediately impressed with the sheer size of the building and its magnificent architectural design. Upon entering the museum, we immediately felt a very warm welcome with cheers and a tourist’s proper.

We spent more than two hours inside the museum. Seeing all the exhibits—especially the art galleries, painting collections and other interesting displays—was such an experience. The trip gave us the authentic taste of Korean history and culture we were chasing after.

The Royal Seal of Lady Yi, Yeongbin


Jibongyuseol Encylopedia of Jeseon Dynasty, 1634.

Our second Stop: Gyeongbokgung Palace, also known as the Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty.
We decided to explore what’s inside the Gyeongbok Palace. We had to pay a 3,000 Korean Won for the entrance fee.

Here are the photos we took.

Random photos inside of Gyeongbokgung Palace


Random photos inside of Gyeongbokgung Palace


Random photos inside of Gyeongbokgung Palace


Performances inside of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Our third and final Stop: Itaewon – We went to Itaewon to meet with our local friends for dinner and drinks. We had a lot of fun.

Read on my previous blogs for future itinerary reference:

http://emontopoftheworld.com/2017/09/21/first-day-high-in-seoul-korea/

http://emontopoftheworld.com/2017/09/26/emontopofseoulkorea-travel-for-free-in-seoul-korea-day-ii-day-iii-itinerary/

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