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Day III in Korea

Day 2 was spent in another part of South Korea. We switched hotels the night before so we’ll be closer to our next destination: Namhansanseong Fortress (literally South of the Han mountain fortress). It’s located on Namhansan Mountain, Gwangju. We went there in the morning and were only given two hours to capture the beauty of this fortress.

This is what their bathroom looks like. It might look traditional on the outside but everything inside is pretty modern already.

The ceilings are so colourful! I wonder how long it took them to paint each and every roof inside the fortress.

When you get inside, you’ll notice the specific repeated colours they used for this castle.

Outside the King’s office, you’ll see a lot of pictures of the fortress itself taken during the olden days.

Namhansanseong Fortress has been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and I feel so luck to have visited this place. I always have a fun time visiting historical places because I get to learn a lot and I also gain more knowledge about the certain country.

The king’s bedroom. I can tell blue, red and green must be his favourite colours.

Couldn’t quite tell if this was a small door or a big window beside the king’s bedroom.

Namhansanseong Fortress was of course protected by the walls surround this entire castle. After touring around this beautiful place for hours, it was finally time for lunch! Our tour guide said the restaurant was near so opted to walk to get to the venue.

I really wish I could read these signs. They look so cool.

The houses and restaurants in this province are all so quaint! I spotted a lot of these while on our way to the restaurant.

We had Baeksuk for lunch. It’s a Korean dish where they boil or steam meat or fish to be cooked without any seasoning. It was my first time trying it and I love it because not only is it super delicious, it’s very healthy too! Imagine, it’s chicken steamed with plenty of water for several hours! They also served glutinous rice so we can further enjoy the meal.

After lunch, we moved to Suwon to visit Samsung Innovation Museum (SIM). This place is so futuristic and cool.

They toured us around and gave a discussion about the evolution of electricity and how technology evolved and grew bigger and bigger through time.

In this particular area, they showed us a video comparing two girls: the first one cleaning the house, washing the dishes and cooking without electricity and the other girl doing the same thing by using a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, a stove and so on. It just goes to show how convenient it is for us these days to be having all these appliances lying around the house, thanks to electricity.

From big, black and white tvs to flat screen tvs. This is interesting.

This caught my eye. The first mobile phone in 1985 was sold for over $5,000 and it looked liked this. Imagine bringing this with you today hahaha! It’s even bigger than my bag!

Oh, how I wish I can buy this for my new place.

After our SIM tour, we were given free time to tour around the city.

These yellows ribbons are to pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol. It was indeed and tragic incident and this a sign of hope for their safety.

Next stop: Korean Culture Exhibition Hall. It’s located in Chongwadae Sarangchae. Inside this hall we spotted a lot of their Korean furniture and decorations.

Their museum looks so sleek! I love that the walls are all white so you can really appreciate all the antiques pieces more.

Presidents also give gifts to each other! These are some of the beautiful items that were given to the different Korean presidents. Usually, Presidents give a gift that represent their country- can you guess where this came from? It was from President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

This one was given by Sergei Sidorsky, the Prime Minister of Belarusian.

Also spotted the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin at Gwanghwamun, Seoul. He is one of the famous naval commenders back in the late 16th century because of his victories over the Japanese.

Love the carvings on the side.

After the day tour, we watched Drum Cats at night. It’s an all-girls cast and they’re all very talented drummers! You won’t notice it but you’ll find yourself clapping and dancing to their beats. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos so we won’t distract the performers but you can view some of their performances online. They’re so good and entertaining! I highly recommend you guys to watch it in case you go to Seoul, Korea. And that’s the end of our day 2 tour. More travel photos soon! BMS.

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17 Comments

  1. charleane morales
    3 years ago

    i ask my korean friend to translate the korean sign for you to understand ate laureen. still waiting for her reply, shes in korea right now. i will post IMMEDIATELY after she reply. i love you ate laureen. god bless you 🙂

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    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks! 😉

      Reply
  2. gea riosa
    3 years ago

    ate laureen, you MISSPELLED the word red . hahaha xd

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    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Oops!!! Sorry!! hehe

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  3. CHARLEANE MORALES
    3 years ago

    ALL SIGNAGE WRITIN IN KOREAN WORDS ARE JUST NAMES, IT HAS NO MEANING.
    1 TO 9 FROM LEFT SIDE
    SANSUNGDEGA GOGURYU
    MIREGUNSULJUTEK SANSUNGGALLERY
    ILSONGJUNG JANGSUCHON
    DOTORISANJANG
    PUNGNYUNOK
    KUNDUNGJI
    1 -5 FROM THE RIGHT SIDE
    MANHEGINYUMGWAN
    BEKRYUNHWEGWAN
    WOLSUNGGWAN
    INHWAPYUNEUIJUM
    BAMNAMUJIP

    THANKS TO MY FRIEND HYEMIN KIM 🙂

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    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Tell your friend I said thanks!

      Reply
  4. Kaye Alid
    3 years ago

    A very interesting place!!!! :))))) Love to go there soonnnn!!

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    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yes! Very interesting!

      Reply
  5. rey ryan apor
    3 years ago

    WOW.. YOU REALLY HAD A GREAT LIFE lAUREEN FOR YOU TO VISIT KOREA… 🙂 I MEAN IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING THE PLACES THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TO ARE ALL AWESOME .. HOPE I CAN VISIT ONE OF THOSE PLACES SOMEDAY…
    STAY BEAUTIFUL LAUREEN.. 🙂 …. REALLY I’VE BEEN DREAMING THAT PLACE.. SUCH A LUCKY PERSON ..
    @LOVEME_RYAN

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    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thank you Rey! <3

      Reply
  6. JENIEL APPLE VISTAR
    3 years ago

    hi ms. laureen, its really good to see all your pictures from korea im too jealous about it seeing all the places that you’ve been, is also one of my wish list to have come true, especially visiting the studio of well known inspired movie of “You who came from the star”? and not only that not long before become addicted to all korean telenovelas hoping that one day i could conquer korea…so dying to see all those things too as in for real. wish i will be the lucky winner for the exciting promo of air asia for trip to korea. good luck to you, i’ve been following all your new updates of your blog… god bless!

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  7. jeniel Apple Vistar
    3 years ago

    hi ms. laureen, hope you make my dreams come true… so inspired by your blogs and after seeing all your pictures in your trip to korea, i was jealous hoping one day i could conquer korea too, i am really dying to see the studio inspired from the movie of “you who came from the star” and not also that i am really a big fan of korea telenovela… hope one day i could see all those places too for real. i’ve been following all you details in your blogs too inspired to work in my own self too. God bless and more power!

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  8. Sharmaine hiquiana
    3 years ago

    Hi ate 🙂 super ganda naman sa korea .nasa wishlist ko po yan .hope to see you in person and be my travel buddy .godbless

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Haha thank you!!! 😉

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    2. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Kaya mo yan! Go! 🙂

      Reply
  9. Sharmaine hiquiana
    3 years ago

    Wishlist . Godbless ate .hope to see you in person and be my travel buddy

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Someday malay mo! 😉

      Reply

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