You can’t see any city in a day. You certainly can’t see Seoul’s palaces and temples in a day.
On advice from the Lonely Planet guide, we bought a combination ticket for the five major palaces and temples, and did justice to it over three days.
- Gyeongbokgung Palace the royal palace known as the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” Changing of the guard was a solemn affair.
- Jongmyo Shrine where the spirits of past kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty are enshrined.
- Deoksugung Palace where we lucky enough to see the changing of the guard ceremony, an amazingly colourful and noisy affair.
- Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden was made more special by the rain.