Gwanghwamun Plaza Festival 2009 광화문

According to Wikipedia, Gwanghwamun (광화문) is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. This gate has gone through multiple periods of destruction and disrepair. Gwanghwamun is undergoing renovation, which is started in December 2006. The aim of the renovation is to complete the task of erasing any evidence of the Governor General building having been on the site and to restore Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbkgung Palace, to its original wooden construction with meticulous historical accuracy. Through 3 years of renovation finally it opened on 1 august 2009

The idea design of the gwanghwamun plaza and Admiral Yi Sun-shin

Night View of Gwanghwamun

1 August 2009, there is the opening day for the Gwanghwamun Plaza to the public. For Korean people Gwanghwamun is a place that used to represent the authority of the royal court during Joseon Dynasty.

There is variety of event performed on 1 August 2009. “A day when citizen, Seoul and Korea hopes come in”. The opening ceremony celebrated with “Light Opening Performance”, and 10M Seoulites Chorus. The most thing impressed me on that night is, after the lighting ceremony held, a huge flag be flown in the air.

Kids play around the Landmark of Gwanghwamun Admiral Yi Sun-shin

Korean Traditional Dance Performance
Huge flag flown in the air
It was great time for us to joined the celebration, although there is crowded and hot but it was a valuable experienced for us to witnessed the opening of Gwanghwamun Plaza after 3 years renovation.

Dosan Park, 도산공원

Dosan Park, 도산공원 it is located at Sinsa-dong in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The name givien Doasn is because to commemorate the achievement and legacy of An Chang-ho (a famous independence activist).

The entrance of Dosan Park is very unique design of gate. Beside the unique design of gate, at here you do have chance to see the park stand a bronze status of An Chang-ho.

Entrance of Dosan Park

Unique Design of the entrance gate

Dosan Park is a small park which is located at the neighborhood of Singsa-dong, most of the local citizen will having their exercise at this park, especially the golden citizen. At the park you may see them in group doing the exercise jogging, picnic, and chatting at morning and evening time. For most of foreigner is come here to take pictures and enjoy the serenity offered by the trees and plants.

It will be a nice place for us to spend our time with friends do picnic, or enjoy the beautiful of the earth.

Apgujeong, 압구정

Apgujeong, 압구정 consider is a luxury area for Korea people, it also is the most expensive shopping street in the world. (W_W)

According to so resources, the name of Apgujeong, 압구정 originated from the pavilion name built by a powerful politician name Han Myung-Hae of the Chosun Dynasty, whose pen name was “Apgu”. Although the pavilion no longer exits, it is believed to have stood where the Hyundai Apartment were built. Hyundai Apartment is the most expensive apartment in Apgujeong.
The surrounding areas are home to many of Korea’s richest families, especially those with new found wealth. At Apgujeon, large, private house, expensive, imported cars, and dozens of high class import shop.

There are many other department stores, shop, boutiques and restaurants. From here, you could be easily found out all the branded stuff Gucci, LV, Channel, and Cartier and so on. ($_$). The well known department store at Apgujeong is Hyundai Department Store, it was a big building and it easily to be found it located at the exit door for Apgujeong subway station.

Front View of Hyundai Department Store

At the department store, you could be easily found out many branded clothes, bag, shoes……all the luxury goods usually characterize these location. Many fashion designers have shop in the area to keep tab on the pulse of the local styles.

Branded stuff at department store

The Fashion houses, coffee house and restaurant at Apgujeong all in very unique design. So, it is very easily get attraction by people to step in and try. But please make sure your pockets do have enough money for you to buy or do enjoy a cup of coffee, else just choose the way as me… ”Window Shopping” ^0^

Coffee shop at the Resident area

Art and Design Meuseum

The coffee bean shop

The italian food restaurant
Famous restaurant at Apgujeong

Sometime window shopping also can get some interesting thing that you never thought, many artist or Korea star like to shopping at this area, so if you have luck may be can meet one of them ^o*