During the Chuseok holiday, I had the pleasure of visiting the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). Gyeonbokgung Palace was not only gorgeous, but seeing people wear traditional hanboks made some parts of the experience a little more real. (Note: If you wear a hanbok to the palace, you get in free. Also, it is free to enter during Chuseok and many people, including foreigners, wear hanboks for the experience.) Me and two others had first started going through the National Palace Museum of Korea which is right across from the palace. I didn’t go through the entire museum, because I was eager to get through the palace. If I ever go back, I will like to visit in depth, along with the palace, when it is not a holiday. I don’t mind there being a lot of people, but there was too many that day. Anywho, here are some of my favorite pictures from the museum and palace (unedited).
This is an entry on the second floor where you learn about the different kings:
This is what the ceiling decoration of two-twin dragons looked like:
This is Bronze Dragon that guards against fires:
Imperial Prince Yeong in Pheasant-Pattered Ceremonial Robe:
Click here if you would like more details about the different exhibits in the museum.
The sight of the entrance to the palace was mind-blowing. The backdrop of the city buildings contrasting the imperial history showed how fast the country has developed in a few hundred years.
But then inside, you could see the natural beauty that those who lived here had experienced. Imagine just walking and getting to see the mountains everyday.
What if you lived here? Could you imagine this is where you sat to eat?
And I could post more and more pictures one by one and go on forever, but here is a small slide show with some of the pictures that I had taken while there. Pictures include changing of the guards, parts of the palace, and my obsession with the lines.
The history of the palace is long and I could write a detailed essay, but I will not bore you with the facts. Instead, I will give you a link to the official site so you can read for yourself if you wish. You can click here.
Well, I shall leave you with my favorite picture and my favorite moment of a little boy who was playing in the dirt.
Thanks for reading and until next time! Which will most likely be tomorrow and about Everland. See ya!
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