Seolleung Park Royal Tombs 선정릉 (Seunjeongneung)

Sunday in Seoul looked pretty nice and so there was an impromptu excursion out. Strange thing is that it got a lot colder south of the river but a nice day for a walk nevertheless. I really liked coming to Seolleung Park Royal Tombs because the place isn’t as morbid as it may sound. It’s more like a park – but with the 1,000 won charge (hardly anything if you consider how much it is to enter historical sites back home), tourist information, and maps – you are reminded that it is a historical location. Plus, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The park itself is pretty big and I loved how this space is kept as it is, surrounded as it is by the busy and never-ending city Seoul. The contrast between the Korean architecture and modern buildings can be a little jarring, but the fact that the two can co-exist in the same space is part of why I love Asia. It moves with (and sometimes innovates and initiates) the future but at the same time, it preserves the long history.

This is definitely one of the spots in Seoul I want to return to during the summer with a nice cold drink, my iPod, and a book.

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