During my stay in Tokyo , took a few days to travel over to Seoul . Though , I didn’t see as much of Seoul as I would’ve liked , it was a nice place to visit . Personally I really . like history and to see the old temples and shrines as well as gyeongbokgung palace .Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of Joseon. What I really enjoyed about the palace was to see many people dressing in the traditional hanbok on their visit . It was beautiful and kinda gave you the feel of what it was like in the palace in the past . ( below are random photos of people that stopped for a photo in traditional clothing , I also did 2 photoshoots here which I’ll include in a later post)

I stayed in the Shilla hotel , which had beautiful rooms , probably more room then I needed on vacation , as I just really need a bed to sleep in . But , it was located in the financial district of Seoul ( I was told ) and many nice traditional restaurants in the area . Personally I love korean food .

I did find that it was a little more difficult with the English in Korea , more so then Japan , and had most difficulty when taking a taxi and trying to say where I’m going . I find the easiest thing today is get the address of where you want to go on your phone in their language so that makes it easier for everyone .

Right down the street from where I was staying , they were holding an Arirang festival that I saw on 1 evening there . Also watched a large protest they were holding against the current president of their country . I’m not sure if I’ll make it back to South Korea , but , If I do, it requires more time in the country as there is so much I didn’t see .

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Written by steveedreff

Steve Edreff is a photographer who is currently located in New Jersey and normally works out of New York City. Currently Steve has holds New York City Media pass as well as being a contributor to Getty Images and Istock. With the media pass Steve has been a photographer on hand for most parades and media events throughout NYC. The his preference is doing photoshoots with different style dancers , he also has photoed at New York Cities fashion week , photoshoots with Mrs. New Jersey, New York, Vermont , and Pennsylvania. Along with the photography , he has created an independent magazine "Street Views" that includes dancers and traditional style photography.

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