Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea

I always wanted my trips to be organized but sometimes I have to let nature take its course and just enjoy the moment and veer away from the norm. This is my second time to go on a trip without making any prior reservation for accommodation. Our Busan trip was a spur-of-the moment decision so it was a good thing that I have read about Haeundae Guesthouse while preparing for our trip last year. Continue reading “Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea”

Bukchon Traditional Culture Center and Hanok Village

My interest about Korean drama has piqued my curiosity about Korean culture and history which in turn have a major influence in their architecture too. They featured their grand palaces and traditional villages in their historical dramas and even in modern-day TV drama, they continue to feature Hanok which are Korean traditional style houses.

After taking a walk around the expansive Gwanghwamun Square and exploring the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace, I walked towards Bukchon Hanok Village. Since it is situated in the middle of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung palace, most of the families of high-ranking officials used to live here during the Joseon Dynasty.  This village remains a residential area where majority of the remaining Hanok can be found.

As a Korean drama fan, I wanted to see the film locations of my favorite Korean dramas and I was fortunate to have come across Bukchon Traditional Culture Center while I was looking for these locations. This center was a former residence of the Min family who was in charge of finance during the late part of Joseon Dynasty. It was converted and reopened in 2002 as a place which offers information and exhibit to share and experience Korean traditional culture.

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Myeong-dong Cathedral

This is my first time to travel to South Korea, The Land of the Morning Calm. Three days before my flight, the Philippines had been threatened by Typhoon Chedeng. It made me restless as it may affect my travel plans. My prayers had been answered and I had been blessed with a good weather on the day that I was leaving for Incheon. Since I am staying in Myeong-dong and it was Easter Sunday, my goal on my first day was to visit Myeong-dong Cathedral to thank God for giving me another opportunity to travel.

Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first Gothic style cathedral in Korea and it had been a symbol of the Catholics of Korea for more than a century since its construction began in 1887. This church was designed by Father Eugene Coste and is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Since it was built on a hill, you will have to climb a few set of stairs to reach it. I was welcomed by several big pot of flowers as I approached the church and it made climbing up a little easier as I take pictures along the way.  It was really beautiful outside and it has a dominating presence even from afar. I also went inside to pray. I was tempted to take pictures but opted not to as a sign of respect because a Korean mass was being held while I was there. Click here for the panoramic virtual reality tour of Myeongdong Cathedral.

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Directions: From line 4 Myeongdong Station, take exit 8, then walk along Toegyero-gil St. and turn right at the intersection.

English Mass Schedule: Sunday at 9 a.m.

Visit the following websites for more details:

http://www.mdsd.or.kr

http://www.visitseoul.net

http://asiaenglish.visitkorea.or.kr