On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
On a nice autumn day, four Yonsei Global members and four exchange students went sightseeing Gyeongbokgung Palace, a heart of Seoul and the most magnificent royal palace in South Korea.
Before going on a tour to the palace, we visited Hanbok rental shop to try on Korean traditional costumes. Since there were a variety of Hanboks and beautiful accessories, we had pleasant worries choosing what to wear. With our Hanboks on, we then headed to the main gate of the palace. At there, we were overwhelmed by the grand atmosphere of the majestic gate. The first architecture we saw inside was Geunjeongjeon, the throne hall of the palace. Featuring colorful exteriors, black pagodas, and exquisite carving, the throne hall was aesthetic enough to captivate our minds. Then, we went to Gyotaejeon, royal residence for the queen. In front of Gyotaejeon, five of female students took a picture as if they were a royal family of Joseon.
After taking photos, we went to Gyeonghoeru, which was used as banquet hall. It is not an exaggeration to say that Gyeonghoeru was the highlight of our tour. With the splendid setting on the pond, the architecture stood out against the mountainous backdrop of Mt. Bugak and Mt. Inwang. We stayed here for a while to enjoy the exotic flavor of Korean traditional culture.
While we walked around the palace, we appreciated natural scenery as well as architectures. We were very lucky because we could see reds and golds of autumn in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Gingko, Zelkova, and Willow trees created romantic atmosphere of the fall.
As a final program of the tour, we went to K-barbeque restaurant. We tried various parts of pork such as pork belly, rib, etc. While we had dinner, we talked about cultures, customs, and languages around the world. Overall, today’s tour was fun and fruitful. Exchange students could experience the unique culture of Korea. Yonsei Global members were able to learn about various cultures from them. After about 5 hours of long tour, we said goodbye to each other, and returned to home. Everyone of us was satisfied with the tour by the time the program ended.