Culture / Landmarks / Places

Gyeongbokgung: A Royal Proposal

“Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”

Gyeongbokgung is probably my favorite place in Korea. I mean, it’s a real life piece of history right in the middle of Seoul and you can simply stroll through it whenever you want (during open hours of course). Honestly I can never get enough! The colours, architecture and history just call to me. What’s even better, is that my boyfriend feels the exact same way.

Rain or shine, the boyfriend and I love exploring the palace and taking pictures of it during every season. While it always looks beautiful, we find it to have a particularly romantic glow about it when it rains.  So it happened to be a rainy Tuesday, when we made a trip over to the palace earlier this week.

The boyfriend thought it might be fun to dress up and take some pictures in the rain and since we both had the day off, it was perfect timing. While it was a bit tricky trudging through the mud, we were able to get some pretty nice shots. Unfortunately, humidity and I are not friends so any pictures with me in them were just a complete mess. Other than that, it was a lot of fun.

As the rain started to pick up and it started to get darker, we decided to find a nice spot to take some cute pictures together before we headed out. Once we found the perfect spot, my boyfriend set up the camera. As we started discussing poses, he suddenly dropped to his knees and gave me a big hug. Then when I looked down, he was holding open a small cream box containing the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen… upside-down! It happened so quickly, he didn’t realize it was upside down until I started laughing.

When the laughter subsided, there, in the middle of a beautiful palace glistening in the rain, the love of my life popped the question. It was truly a fairytale moment that I won’t soon forget. After 13 years of dating, my college sweetheart and I are finally going to tie the knot! I’m not sure what married life has in store for us, but  I’m definitely looking forward to starting this next chapter of our lives together.

13 thoughts on “Gyeongbokgung: A Royal Proposal

  1. Have been enjoying all your travelogs of your new home. This is the sweetest yet. You deserve to be happy n it looks like you both enjoy the same things, which is a great start. MDH n I have been married 41 years now n we still watch K Dramas together. We were stationed in Seoul at the start of our marriage. Here’s to your wonderful future, Kathryn N Michael Garrity (stateside)

    • Thank you so much for reading Kathryn. How wonderful to have spent 41 years married to the one you love. I’m definitely looking forward to that ^^ I hope you continue to have a wonderful marriage! Thank you so much for your well wishes ❤

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