One week in South Korea – part 2 – The Secret Garden

Written by Gary on September 2nd, 2016

sunrise from my hotel room

My first sunrise in Seoul – from my hotel room using the Olympus mZD 7-14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom lens

Our first morning in Seoul was a hot 34degC partly sunny, humid day with little wind as we headed off to a guided tour of The Secret Garden in Changdeokgung Palace – a lovely relaxing walk with plenty of shade and beautiful little vistas.

The local Koreans seem to love to hire traditional apparel and wander the palace grounds and taking selfies, and on some I was asked to assist and others I asked them for permission to take an even better shot with a proper camera and lens – my trusty Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera mated with the Olympus mZD 40-150mm f/2.8 lens while I also carried a E-M5 with Olympus mZD 7-14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom lens for the occasional wider perspectives.

It was a great introduction to Korean culture, although unfortunately much of these palace structures were severely damaged during the early 20th century Japanese occupation.

As I mentioned in my last post, the Korean people I met were lovely, quiet, generous, respectful and honest looking people with no evidence of pick pocketers, violence or aggression.



Out of a population of 50 million, there are apparently only some 130,000 muslim people, and these are nearly all foreigners.


A modern Korean lady on the garden tour.

Yours truly helping out a couple of ladies with their “selfie” shots.

Of course there are hundreds of shots one can achieve of the gardens and palaces which I will not post here apart from these:

My crazy tour buddy!


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