Annyeonghaseyo! I can’t tell you how many times people stop me on the streets or malls in the Philippines to ask me if I’m Korean, or to simply greet me with Annyeong! Even Koreans themselves mistake me for one of their own by asking for directions (I assume) and all that. I guess I have some magical Korean blood within me, or I just happen to have the same features that most of the Korean girls have. Because of this, I’ve been dying to visit Seoul and it’s neighboring provinces. Just a month ago, I finally got the opportunity to see Korea as a guest of Air Asia and Korea Tourism Organization. I immediately joined in together with my blogger besties! Actually even crossed my fingers for a mystical somethin-somethin to happen, like finding a long lost relative or my doppelganger (if that’s mystical at all to you. lol) Can I just say- we did soooo much in a span of 4 days that I’ll probably have to do 8 posts to complete this trip!
Today marks the first post about Korea, and I want to begin with no less than a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site- The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. When we first arrived at Korea, we headed straight for Gyeonggi-do Province instead of Seoul. This beautiful fortress is located at downtown Suwon city, the capital of Gyeonggi-do, and it’s huuuuuge! It encloses much of the center of the city, and even has their main stream flowing through it.
What’s even more interesting is the story behind it. This fortress was built by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty as a form of filial piety and to honor the remains of his father Prince Sado, who was murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father, King Yeongjo. Twisted right? Get this- the reason why he was murdered was because he refused to listen to his dad when he was instructed to kill himself. #WTF! Why was he instructed to kill himself? Well, he was mentally ill and accused of killing random people in the palace and raping them. So, with the consent of Lady Yi (Sado’s mother), King Yeongjo issued a royal decree and ordered Prince Sado to climb into a large wooden rice chest, which they sealed shut, resulting in his death via suffocation 8 days later. Creeepy. (P.S. I didn’t know that story when I visited, which is why I am smiling in most of the photos lol)
Isn’t foreign culture so interesting? Can’t wait to share many many more memories with you guys, so stay tuned!
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