09 Oct South Korea – Day 12
Sadly our time in South Korea is coming to an end as tomorrow we fly home. It has been a great but exhausting trip.
Today on our last full day we visited our third palace and the largest one, Changdeokgung. This Palace was constructed in 1405 as a secondary palace for the Joseon dynasty. It was destroyed by the Japanese invasion and rebuilt in 1610. While the palaces start to look the same after a while they usually have a point of difference, this one has a secret garden. After we looked around the main buildings of the palace we were taken on a tour of the secret garden.
After making our way through the streets of central Seoul, by way of the Insadong Markets, we arrived back in Gangnam to finish the evening with a Korean Barbecue. The Korean Barbecue has to be one of my favourite ways of dining in Korea. You all sit around a table that has a grill in the middle, you order your raw meat and then cook it over the grill before adding different sauces and wrapping them in leaves to eat. It is a very social way of having a meal.
|A Pavilion in the secret garden, Changdeokgong Palace
|Another of the secret garden pavilions with a rice plantation.
|Evening on the streets of central Seoul
|A Korean barbecue.