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Tour around Seokjojeon which appears in Infinite Challenge~

I learned about the existence of this place through Infinite Challenge during the episode where Yoo Jae Suk and Gwanghee act as a tour guide during their historical tour which I found interesting, since I'm always interested in anything about history. Seokjojeon located in Deoksugung Palace, which located across the City Hall~
Daehan Gate is the main gate of Deoksugung Palace, where you can buy the entry ticket for KRW 1,000 on the left side. It's free for those all of you who is below 25 years old though (as per December 2015).
When you get inside, you'll notice that everything looks the same whether it's in Gyeongbok Palace, or Changdeok Palace or any other palaces in Korea. It's of course being rebuild again since almost everything is being raided and vanished during the Japanese invasion hundred years ago.
And, TADA, here's our main destination today~! Seokjojeon~ There's 3 floor where you can go inside for a look, the basement floor which basically got not that much to see is open for public so you can come in and go any time. But, the first and 2nd floor, only can be visited if you made the reservation online.
You can click here and click on the red button. Then you'll see this page~ There're 8 slot times during weekdays and 14 slot times during weekend.
On the columns when I circled in orange, you can see there's a gray button and red button. Gray means full, so you can't make the reservations on the mentioned time, but red means there's still place available to make reservations. Click on the time slot you'd love to have and another new page will appear.
Complete the form as per instructed above then click OK button and your reservation number will appear. You won't have to keep the reservation number, since they will keep a list of people who reserved the place and you just have to mentioned your name. So, back to the topic~
I reach in front of this hall at around 12 50 since I booked the 1 pm tour. The main door of the hall opened and I mentioned my name then they will tell you to change in indoor slippers, so make sure you don't wear shoes which is hard to take off. =P
In front of the hall there's this kind of place where looks like an unused fountain pond, but the instructor told us that this place has been renovated twice after the first completion.
It's a garden on the first completion, changed into pond in year 1920, then changed into fountain pond in year 1930s. Getting inside the main door of the hall. You'll see this place which is a central lobby of the hall.

If you've noticed, the upper photos and lower photos has the same wall decoration and hanging mirror. Reason is this hall is being build based on the western architectural which is popular among that time, and the main concept of the architecture during this time frame is symmetric. So the right side of the room and the left side of the room should look equally the same, or at least quite similar.
In this photo you can see the original photos of the room taken in that time and it's being decorated exactly the same as it was. In this room, the only real stuff from 1900s is table.

Next you can see the reception place for VIP guests. In this room, they will normally serves imported biscuits, champagne and other precious westerner's style food and beverages while they're waiting for the King.
Then the guide brought us to this room, which is now being used to introduce how the diplomats and ministers would have to do when they come to greet the King and would like to report on ministerial matters.
Here's the audience room, where ministers and diplomats can report the national or international affairs to the King. Anyway, the first floor is everything about work, work and work~! And now, it's time for us to take a peek on what the King's private life would look like.
TADA~! This is how the King's bed look like. Even though there's no photos left to prove how the King's room look like during this time, how would they be able to be so sure on how the bed looks like? Well, it is said that the this hall's furniture comes from a famous English Furniture Company of that time, which is called Maple Furniture. They still got the catalog and the purchase order from that time, so Korean makes a new bed based on the model in the catalog.

These three stuffs is still original though. How can they be so sure it's still original? They got a "Maple's Company" stamp and "Emperor's Bedroom" stamp right below the furniture.
Place where the King will go during his natural calling and below is how his bathroom look like~
Unlike the bathroom nowadays, bathroom on that time are being placed in 2 separated rooms located next to each other.
And this is the guest room for King's guest. What is the difference between this room and the reception room downstairs? This place is to be said to be the room where the King will meet up with a more familiar guest or friends.
Located to the King's guest room, here's where the King would meet with his Queen, having a little talk and sweet little times, which I bet might won't be able to happen often due to the political situation during that time, where the King might be busier handling national affairs rather than his private affairs. lolz.
And if you've noticed the rooms where belongs to the King are being decorated with yellow curtains, but for the Queen, it's being decorated with red maroon curtain. Next will be the Queen's bedroom.

Next is the hall for in the 2nd floor where there are a lot of hanging pictures. One of the most memorable and had a deep painful meaning (as per explained by the guide) will be this one.
If you notice King Yeong Chin Ah (the shortest one) stand in a rather different pose than the others. It's a Japanese military standing pose. Being held hostage for quite a long time in Japan, resulted him to naturally pose like Japanese military staffs. How come a King of one country posed in a pose which refers to other country's military pose? This showed us how hard Korean's life was during that time.
Last would be the dining room, where a lot of western food was being served during that time. The menus are steak, ice cream, and a lot more, which might considered common nowadays but considered as a expensive food during that time. Last but not least, just next the dining room, they keep one of the original construction of this hall.
And that's the end of the tour~ ^^v
Another bonus of today is, I went to Samcheong-dong which located near the palace, and found this place, where they have a shoot of She Was Pretty in a scene where Hwang Jung Eum jumping down the stairs to make her wish come true. LOLZ~
@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng


  1. w, that's is so graceful, i think that's place is interesting :)

  2. wow, that's is so graceful, i think that's place is interesting :)


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