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Gyeongbokgung Palace
161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82-2-3700-3900
royalpalace.go.kr

Right smack in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Seoul is the Gyeongbokgung Palace, a 14th century royal residence that is known for its striking architecture, charming pavilions, and kaleidoscopic changing of the guard ceremony.

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SK2-24 Breakfast at Myeongdong Kyoja Restaurant
25-2, Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
02-776-5348
www.mdkj.co.kr

Running on bulgogi and other typical Korean dishes for two days already, we decided to shake things up a little and try this restaurant in Myeongdong that serves soups and dumplings. Lotsa people, both local and foreign, rave about Myeongdong Kyoja’s modest menu of only four options and its distinctive kimchi- and we were right to listen.

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“The visit to the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom will entail entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

These words were part of a document we had to sign prior to entering the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Although you can’t help but feel a bit of the jitters while reading it, the sucker for history and politics in me wasn’t gonna chicken out and let our trip to South Korea pass without swinging by the DMZ.

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