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Korea Day 3: Bukchon Hanok Village + Changdeokgung Palace + Gyeongbokgung Palace + Everland

Korea Day 3 Bukchon Hanok Village + Changdeokgung Palace + Gyeongbokgung Palace + Everland; Richel Goes Places

Our third day in Seoul is the busiest yet, which is saying a lot. We were ambitious, you see, and trying to fit all the “must-visit” in our short visit. For this day, we were planning to visit Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Everland. Four big places in a day? We were just asking for our very tired feet and numerous (mis)adventures in a single day.

We started our day late, based on our standards and itinerary. Around 8AM, we were just arriving and getting lost in trying to find Bukchon Hanok Village. Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of Korean traditional houses called “hanoks” and thousands of Seoulites, as well. Without having it said, it’s a must to be respectful and non-disruptive when visiting.

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There are eight “photo spots” in the village. Just the best looking “instagrammable” place. We didn’t really find them as we walked around that morning, aka we were lost as usual! Hahaha. We even just followed a tour group at one point to visit two or three of the photo spots in the village. Just walking around the place makes me wish we book an Airbnb in one of these hanoks instead. Maybe next time!

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After we had our photos taken and had our fill of hanoks, we went to have breakfast at one of the nearby mom and pop shop. I didn’t have photos but I’ll definitely come back to the place and will blog about it next time! The price was so affordable. It’s like 2000-2500 KRW (PHP100) for a box of chicken pops and the cheese ramen was amazing! Yum. Can’t wait to come back!

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How To Get To Bukchon Hanok Village: Get down at Anguk Station and go through Exit 3.

We then walked around fifteen minutes to reach Changdeokgung Palace. Entrance fee is worth 3000 KRW (around PHP140). Changdeokgung Palace is one of the most popular palaces in Seoul. It was the second royal villa built after the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace and is currently the most well-preserved palace out of the lot.

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How To Get To Changdeokgung Palace: Get down at Anguk Station and go through Exit 3.

Afterwards, we took a bus to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We weren’t sure which bus stop to go off at so obviously we went down one stop after the palace! We walked our way back and found a hanbok rental shop along the way. We didn’t let the opportunity pass us by and rented some hanboks. I’m pretty sure it was around 10000 KRW (PHP480) for a six hours rental AND you can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace for free if you’re wearing a hanbok! Yay!

Related: You can rent your hanboks via Klook for a hassle free transaction!

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Gyeongbokgung Palace is my favorite. It was very beautiful and huge too! I don’t think we have toured every spot in our limited time. There were also a lot of tourists and locals around but with how big the place is, it doesn’t feel too crowded. We also managed to take some photo with the guards!

Fun fact: The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong Gate of the palace. You should give them a visit if you have the free time!

How to Get to Gyeongbokgung Palace: Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station and go through Exit 5.

After we returned our hanboks, we went to our last destination of the day: Everland. I did say we were very ambitious with our itinerary! It was already a few minutes past 2 PM at this point lol. We did have a few minutes to spare waiting in Gangnam for the bus that will take us to Everland so we were able to try out some street food. They never fail to just amaze me!

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Anyway, we bought our tickets from Klook so we have to claim that first. (By the way guys, I’m not sponsored to say this but Klook is one of the best travel discount site I use!) We got the regular day pass and a Q-Pass for the T-Express – which is the world’s fourth steepest wooden roller coaster! I super recommend getting that. It was already around 3PM when we stepped foot inside Everland and oh, my god. The amount of people is just insane! In all my theme park experiences, I have never seen this crowd of people in one place. The place was just packed to the brim.

The T-Express line alone is almost three hours long! I’m so glad we had the Q-Pass. Overall, we really did just manage to ride a whooping number of 3 rides! Gah. We didn’t even manage to buy any snacks. We were just go, go, go all the time and it was freezing when it was approaching nighttime – the coldest we experienced during our Korea trip! We didn’t really have any photos taken even if we stayed until closing time…

How to Get to Everland: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay.

Going back to our Airbnb is another story altogether! There is that bus that will take us back to Gangnam but it’s a really long line so I had the brilliant idea to take this other bus that will take us into this other bus station. Turns out that bus ride is an hour long and we might not even catch the train stations open!! Believe me when I say that once we stepped off the bus, we were off running! We were an hour away from our Airbnb and the taking the taxi is just… THANKFULLY, we made it in time. As soon as we stepped inside the train, the doors closed! *wipes sweat*

*end day 3*


Lol, just kidding. We arrived in our Airbnb around 2AM already – after buying some rice meals from Family Mart. We were all wired from our (mis)adventures, hunger, and the fact that we know we should be up at 5AM tomorrow to catch our 6AM train to Nami Island. But we made it! Don’t you worry. Read it all unfold on my next post which will be up next week!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Mike Smith
    May 3, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    What an amazing trip! I really like you blog and your photos. Everland just won my heart. Can’t wait to get my Everland Ticket soon!

  • Reply
    Sophie Sierra
    March 26, 2018 at 11:33 PM

    What a stunning trip! It looks like such a dream. So glad you enjoyed it <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    Dasynka
    March 22, 2018 at 4:11 AM

    I’ve never been here but all these pics make me wanna see it even more! Amazing culture and amazing experience for you 🙂 enjoy your travel!
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

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    Mira Sophie (@mira113)
    March 21, 2018 at 5:11 AM

    I can’t believe you managed to do all of that within a day haha, you honestly deserve an award! The village looks stunning and so does the palace, it’s so good that it didn’t feel to crowded. Everland sounds crazy, I can’t believe people queue for 3 hours for a ride. But it must have been a unique experience for sure. I have never been to South Korea but I have always wanted to go and your photos have definitely confirmed that xx

    113thingstosay.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 24, 2018 at 5:39 PM

      We were ambitious! Hahaha! Learned not to do it again, moving forward. 😀

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    Nancy
    March 17, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    Bukchon Hanok Village looks gorgeous! Love the styling of the architecture around the town! I am totally digging the shots you took! The palace looks amazing as well! In love with those traditional outfits! Thanks for sharing your adventure :).

    exquisitely.me

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    Audrey
    March 14, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    omg when I travel with my family and my parents see a tour group, they’ll gesture at me and my brothers to get closer to the tour group to hear what they’re saying and I always feel soooo embarrassed haha. Well, not SO embarrassed, but it’s just like, parents man haha. But hey, pretty clever to get the touring experience without paying for the tour ;P // I love that you get free entry if you’re wearing a hanbok! What a fun way to encourage tourists to experience different parts of their culture. // Street food man… so cheap and delicious <3 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 16, 2018 at 11:58 PM

      My parents hate that! I’m the one who goes “let’s follow them!” when we’re lost hahaha. Most of the times the language is not in english tho so I can’t really understand them. Bummer, lol. // Yup! I’m just not too sure if you get free entrance in ALL palaces. Would be so cool if that’s true!

  • Reply
    Eena
    March 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Wow, girl! This day sounded super busy but I’m glad you had fun. You look super cute in the hanbok you rented – that’s a pretty cool trade-off for the entrance to be free if you wore one!

    cabin twenty-four

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 17, 2018 at 12:47 AM

      Yup! It was pretty cool. We were already planning to rent hanboks but just saw the sign that we get to go in for free in the palace. Taking photos with THAT as a background? Just amazing!

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    Rox
    March 13, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    Thank you for sharing your Korea trip! I really want to travel but I’m too lazy to apply for a passport. I hope I can apply for one soon though because I also want to visit Korea and other Asian countries. ❤️

    Rox | Transcendent Light

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 13, 2018 at 10:06 PM

      It’s easy to apply for a passport tho – and you’ll get a valid ID as a result. Hahaha!

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    enclothedcognition
    March 13, 2018 at 3:26 AM

    Wow, I am seriously crying. I am so jealous!! I’ve been wanting to go back to Korea for so long. You really captured the beauty of it in within these photos. So glad you enjoyed your time 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 13, 2018 at 10:05 PM

      Thank you! Hope you can visit the country soon!

  • Reply
    Kat
    March 12, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Grabe super jam packed yung trip! Can’t wait to read about your experience at Nami Island

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 13, 2018 at 9:46 PM

      Never doing a trip as jam-packed as this one again! Hahaha.

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