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.