Our 2nd Day in Seoul, South Korea is scheduled to explore the city using our Discover Seoul Pass. I will write a separate blog on how you can maximize your Discover Seoul Pass.
We woke up early and headed out after having a hearty breakfast from our hostel. The hostel we stayed in is just a few minute walk to the nearest subway which is Sangwangsimni. Anywhere we go, we love to use the subway instead of other public transportation for us it is easier to navigate via subway.
Our first stop is Deoksugung Palace, it is one of the five grand palaces in Seoul. The nearest subway station is City Hall. This is one of the free attractions in our Discover Seoul Pass, you just need to go to the Ticketing booth and show your Pass and they will give you the free entrance tickets.
The place is huge and feels like you have been transported into the ancient times specially when you see the guards. It was also very cold since its Winter season when we visited, but they have heating chairs where you can seat and it will warm you up.
Important things to note:
Opening hours: They palace is close every Monday. They open at 9:00 AM and closed at 9:00 PM, the last entry will be accommodated 1 hour before the closing time.
Entrance Fee: If you don’t have a Discover Seoul Pass, you need to pay the entrance fee:
Adult – 1,000 won or $1 and Child – 500 Won or $.50
We had our quick lunch at the subway underground where we bought my husband’s winter shoes.
Next stop is Grevin Museum which is just a minute walk from City Hall. While walking to Grevin Museum we saw the I Seoul U logo and the giant Christmas tree and we couldn’t resist taking photos.
Grevin Museum is also a free attraction in our DSP. You will find different wax figures inside. We enjoyed taking photos with the celebrities.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM last admission will be at 5:15 PM.
Located at 23, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul.
Haboknam is also free in our DSP, you can wear your Hanbok for one hour, they have wide selection of Hanboks from Royalty designs to the normal designs. You can also have your hair done and rent shoes or head dress to incorporate with your style for an additional fee.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people having their hair do so it took us more than one hour. I didn’t know that Gyeongbukgung Palace will be closing its gates at 6:00 PM and last admission is at 5:00 PM so in short we failed to enter the Palace, instead we just take photos outside.
It is a great experience to wear the Hanbok while walking in the streets of Seoul. However, since its Winter its freaking cold, you may opt to wear your coat while walking and just remove it for your photos.
After that we head back to the hotel and had our dinner at McDonalds nearby.