In usual fashion, Owen was up before the sun the next morning and since he was sleeping right next to his sister (they had their own room in the hotel), she was awake too. And since they’re our kids, we were awake too. Most of the time we do a pretty good job of getting ready and making the most of our day with such an early start. After having donuts for breakfast, we hopped on the subway to the Changgyeonggung Palace. Seriously, though. that’s what it’s called.
Located in the heart of the city, the palace was built in the 1400s by the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. It served as a residence for queens until it was renovated shortly after and renamed Changgyonggung Palace.
During the Japanese colonial rule, it was a park with a zoo and botanical garden. It was relocated in 1983 and restored to its glory.
One of my most favorite pictures ever.
In one of Owen’s story books, there’s a tale about a Korean emperor (Why the Sea is Salty) and it appeared to be the same as the pictures in his book.
I know I’ve mentioned it before but Koreans love kids. We’re pretty used to them constantly oohing and ahhing over our two blondies. Remember last April?
It happens a lot. It’s usually more prone to happen when there are a lot of tourists around and the temple was packed with them. I should have started charging for every photo taken of our babes…
They also love Alex. It was requested that he be in all the photos as well. I mean…he is a hottie. 😏
We wandered around for quite a while. The place is huge.
Remembering Owen running through the slanted hallway still cracks me up. He kept falling to one side and couldn’t figure it out. He finally cried out, “I’m all done!” and that was that. We laughed so hard we cried.