lost or what?

Home
News
Lists
Full Trip Reports
Featured Posts
All Posts
Miscellaneous
Search


Newer Page 65 of 1101 Older Full Trip Report
Korea Seoul Palace Tomb

14 June 2022

Palaces and tombs

Wandering around the Seoul tourist trail

Last day for touristing, better go do tourist things.

Before that, currently when re-entering Australia, even as a citizen, you need to fill out a digital passenger declaration (DPD). You can not board your flight if you do not, Singapore Airlines sent me a reminder that I would be denied boarding if I did not complete one.
So I filled mine out, you need passport, flight, vaccination info etc, it is easy enough. Upon completion the site tells you to take a screenshot! What? I printed to PDF but it does not provide a download to PDF function or email you a PDF at all.
So that is weird. I then get an email telling me I have completed it. Great, I am done.
This morning I receive an email telling me my DPD is incomplete. I go log in again, it is complete, I re submit without changing, email tells me it is complete, email an hour later, it is incomplete.
So I search for info, whirlpool (Australian text only forum on every topic) has about 50 people complaining this happened to them also. Way to go Australian government, cannot even work out a web form, should have used survey monkey (that is a real thing).

Anyway, back to Seoul, and possibly I will still be here after being denied boarding for not completing my DPD tomorrow but today I toured 2 palaces near to each other in 2 separate locations and 2 tombs within the same tomb park.
The weather was very clear and not too hot. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU (more correctly ado, apparently), lets go to the pics.

Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - Here is an amazing combo of 2 previous rants. I.SEOUL.U and the weather museum. Sadly, not open at the time I was passing.

Here is an amazing combo of 2 previous rants. I.SEOUL.U and the weather museum. Sadly, not open at the time I was passing.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - In keeping with things I talk non stop about that are of little or no interest, here is a hessian mat laying ceremony in progress. Another item ticked

In keeping with things I talk non stop about that are of little or no interest, here is a hessian mat laying ceremony in progress. Another item ticked off my bucket list.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - The path to the first palace went through a cultural village. Woman would not get out of the way for my photo.

The path to the first palace went through a cultural village. Woman would not get out of the way for my photo.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - And after much ado about nothing, here is palace #1, Gyeonghuigung. Now bear in mind these are the lesser palaces of Korea, I have previously visited

And after much ado about nothing, here is palace #1, Gyeonghuigung. Now bear in mind these are the lesser palaces of Korea, I have previously visited the main one, Gyeongbokgung on a previous visit. Gyeonghuigung has no entry fee.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - Perhaps because it is free, no one goes to see it. I had the place all to myself.

Perhaps because it is free, no one goes to see it. I had the place all to myself.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - Most of the palaces are in walking distance of each other, I guess it is the old city.

Most of the palaces are in walking distance of each other, I guess it is the old city.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - On my way to the next palace over I passed a tram at the Museum of Seoul. This museum was open, and was free because most of the exhibits are being re

On my way to the next palace over I passed a tram at the Museum of Seoul. This museum was open, and was free because most of the exhibits are being re-done.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - The best exhibit is the diorama of Seoul. I wondered if I had been here before. I have checked and do not think I have. I have been to similar places

The best exhibit is the diorama of Seoul. I wondered if I had been here before. I have checked and do not think I have. I have been to similar places in Shanghai with similar diorama's.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - And the Edo museum in Tokyo also has diorama's similar to this one. That is enough diorama's.

And the Edo museum in Tokyo also has diorama's similar to this one. That is enough diorama's.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - Gravity was high today.

Gravity was high today.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - The second palace on my journey is Deoksugung. This one has an entry fee of about $1.20 and has a lot more people. I kind of think the free one above

The second palace on my journey is Deoksugung. This one has an entry fee of about $1.20 and has a lot more people. I kind of think the free one above was nicer.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - However, Deoksugung is a rare beast, as it was still a palace for the emperor when western influence had entered Korea, there is this building, and ou

However, Deoksugung is a rare beast, as it was still a palace for the emperor when western influence had entered Korea, there is this building, and out the back a dining hall that looks like what we would call a 'Queenslander' house in Australia.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - There is also a lake with gold things in it. Crap photo for some reason.

There is also a lake with gold things in it. Crap photo for some reason.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - Out the front I got to participate in the changing of the guard. They were honoured that I had chosen to attend.

Out the front I got to participate in the changing of the guard. They were honoured that I had chosen to attend.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - OK, that is the palaces done, now off to the Tombs on the other side of town. Specifically the Seolleung and Jeongneung tombs from the Joseon dynasty

OK, that is the palaces done, now off to the Tombs on the other side of town. Specifically the Seolleung and Jeongneung tombs from the Joseon dynasty which only ended in 1897. The park is large, and the entrance is quite a walk from any subway station, even though the other end of the park is on top of a subway station. Strange choice. There were a lot of office workers wandering the park in groups having outdoor meetings. Like the palaces, the entrance fee is about $1.20.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - I think this is the tomb keepers house. His main job is to feed the stray cats.

I think this is the tomb keepers house. His main job is to feed the stray cats.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - The interesting thing is, the way the tombs are constructed you cannot really get a good view of them. This is the top of Seolleung tomb that houses K

The interesting thing is, the way the tombs are constructed you cannot really get a good view of them. This is the top of Seolleung tomb that houses King Seongjong who died in 1495. You can kind of get a view of this one by leaning over a fence.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - This is Jeongneung which houses King Jungjong who died in 1544. He was not originally ENTOMBED here, but moved here by his third queen who outlived hi

This is Jeongneung which houses King Jungjong who died in 1544. He was not originally ENTOMBED here, but moved here by his third queen who outlived him. This is about as close as you can get.


Korea-Seoul-Palace-Tomb - And here is one more photo of old Jungjong. Today's update was factual, relevant and enthralling, on that we can all agree.

And here is one more photo of old Jungjong. Today's update was factual, relevant and enthralling, on that we can all agree.


NewerPage 65 of 1101OlderFull Trip Report