Seoul (서울) is Korea’s capital and and one of culture city in Korea because Seoul was capital of Joseon (조선) Kingdom government in past time. Seoul was called Hanyang (한양) when Joseon Dynasty government.
There are four popular palaces located in Seoul (서울). It are Gyeongbok Palace (경복궁 ~ Gyeongbok-gung) or Place of Shinning Happines, Deoksu Palace (덕수궁 ~ Deoksu-gung) or Palace of Virtuous Longevity, Changdeok Palace (창덕궁 ~ Changdeok-gung) or Palace of Glorious Blessing and Changgyeong Palace (창경궁 ~ Changgyeong-gung) or Palace of Illustrious Virtue.
The most popular and the largest palace among these palace is Gyeongbok Palace that was constructed in year 1394 by King Taejo (태조왕) founder of Joseon Dynasty. In this palace major building are Geunjeongjeon (근정전) or the main throne hall, Gyeonghoeru (경희루), hyangwonjeon (향원전) or hexagonal pavilion, Jibhyeonjeon (집현전) or Hall of the worthies and Gwanghwamun (광화문).
In Changdeok Palace there is forbidden Garden is called Geumwon (금원) or Secret Garden or Biwon (비원). This palace was add to Unesco World Heritage List in 1997.
The other place that will visit in Seoul are Seoul National University ( I hope I can study Korean language and Korean culture here, amin ^_^). And then I want to visit Munyo (문묘) or Shrine to Confusius, (종묘) or Royal ancestral Shrine, Han river or Hangang (한강), Cheonggyecheon (청계천), Bukhansan (북한산), Yeoeido (여의도) and popular markets are there in Seoul like Itaewon (이태원) dongdaemun (동대문), namdaemun (남대문).
2. Silla (신라) Kingdom Haritage in Gyeongju.
I like all about Korean so much but I like more korean traditional heritage site. The city have korean traditional cultural heritage sites is Gyeonju. So, Gyeongju is the place that I have to visit in Korea.
In Gyeongju (경주) I can see Silla (신라) Kingdom’s cultural heritage like Bulguksa Temple (불국사) and Seokguram Grotto (석굴암). Bulguksa Temple (불국사) and Seokguram Grotto (석굴암) was constructed by prime ministry Kim Dae Seong (김대성) under King Gyeongdeok (경덕왕) government. Seokguram Grotto (석굴암) is part of Bulguksa Temple (불국사) complex.
Bulguksa Temple (불국사) and Seokguran Grotto (석굴암) are considered as a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist art in Silla Kingdom and was add to Unesco World Heritage List in 1995.
I want to join in Budha Temple Stay program. It’s opportunities to experience Buddhist monastic life program. Budha temple location is in mountain, in or beside of forest and many tress in surrounding is so quiete and will be amazing experience life for people and for me too.
3. Hanok (한옥) Village Stay.
Hanok (한옥) is Korean tradisional houses. I want stay and experience Hanok life with Korean people in traditional village like Andong Hahoe Village in Andong-si (안동시), Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도) North Gyeongsang Province or in Naganeupseong (낙안읍성) Folk Village, suncheon-si (순천시), Jeollanam-do (전라남도) South Jeolla Province.
In hanok village I want sleep in wooden floor (마루 ~ maru) and under wooden floor there is stream ondol (운돌) or Korean traditional house heating system. And I will use mattress (요 ~ yo) and Ibul (이불).
And then I want make kimchi in Kimjang (김장) time with Korean people in Autum. And at kimjang (김장) time I will wear Korean traditional dress or hanbok (한복) like Korean people. I think it will be amazing experience for me.
4. Budha Temple Stay.
I want to join in Budha Temple Stay program. It’s opportunities to experience Buddhist monastic life program. Budha temple location is in mountain or in forest and many tress in surrounding is so quiete and will be amazing experience life for people and for me too.
At Budha temple I will live one or two night to see and experience how Buddhist monastic life like Dado or tea ceremony, Chamseon or Zen meditation, dan Balwoo Gongyang or communal Buddhist meal service.
5. Namiseom (남이섬) and Seoraksan (설악산) in Gangwondo.
Nami Island or Namiseom (남이섬) is an island that there is Chuncheon City or Chuncheon-si (춘천시), Gangwon-do (강원도) or Gangwon Province. Namiseom is one place of Winter Sonata (겨울 연가) drama’s setting of place. That place become very popular after Winter Sonata was watched by million people in the world.
The visitor who came to Namiseom did what Kang Jung Sang and Yujin did at there like ride a bicycle togother and make snowman. So, Namiseom become romantic place for couple who love each other. So sweet…
나두 하고 싶엉….^__^
And about Seoraksan (설악산), it is a mount located 250 km from Seoul. Seoraksan (설악산) is near from Sockcho City (속초) in Gangwondo (강원도) is rock mountain that have a lot of peaks. The highest peak is called Daecheongbo (대청봉 ~ 1708 m). Seoraksan (설악산) has beautiful view every season especially in Autum.
Aaa… one more, Taebaeksan (태백산) also the one place that I want visit in Gangwondo. This mount is so beautifull and was called Grand White Mount
Those are the place that I want to visit so much in Korea.
Actually I also want go to the other place like Gyeonggido (경기도), Jejudo (제주도), Gyeongsam (경상) and Jeolla (전라), but it will be come true if I live in Korea for along time, maybe one year or more when I study Korean Language and Culture in Korea, Amin.
Jakarta, 23 September 2012
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