On November 5th, 2022, 2 YG members and 3 exchange students met at Changgyeonggung at 5pm. In Changgyeonggung, we roamed around and took pictures. We could see traditional Korean buildings. Also, we could learn about Daehan Empire history. Since Changgyeonggung had both traditional and modern styles of buildings, it made the palace attractive. It features a more liberal design in an east-west...
On November 28th 2021, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Deoksugung Palace. We met at the front gate of Yonsei University at 12:30 pm and took time introducing ourselves to one another, while waiting for all the members to arrive. Then, we headed to the palace by bus.
Since we arrived a little bit early before the start of the tour, we stopped by a café nearby to get a drink. At the café, we exchanged small talks on our majors, experiences in Korea, plans for Christmas, and so on.
The tour began around 1:30 pm at the entrance and lasted for about 45 minutes. The guide took us around the palace, giving specific explanations on famous historical events related to the buildings and hidden meanings behind the designs. Through the tour, we were able to realize the dream and wish of Emperor Gojong to protect national sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty from the Western powers.
After the tour, we headed to a restaurant nearby for a meal. We ordered jeyukbokkeum (stir-fried pork), gangdoenjang (soup with soybean paste sauce), buckwheat crepe, and leek pancake. We also ate waffle for dessert!! Not only was the food so delicious but it was also a satisfactory way to end the program, since we were able to share deep conversations while eating.
The program of visiting Deoksugung was very meaningful and memorable to both the YG members and the exchange students. Deoksugung Palace, the palace of virtue and longevity, was surely a beautiful palace to visit all together, especially during this autumn.