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Monday, 9 October 2006

Visiting Gyeongbokgung (Palace) on Chuseok

On the day of Chuseok we decided to visit Gyeongbokgung, the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. When we go there it was extremely busy. Everyone was enjoying Chuseok and many women and children were wearing traditional Korean dress, the Hanbok.

Once you get to the palace, it's amazing that it's right in the city. It's pretty cool in fact. The palace itself reminded me of Beijing's Forbidden City, but this was much smaller and there was no Starbucks on premises (I'm not kidding). The National Folk Museum of Korea is on site as well and normally admission is in the range of 6-7000w (6-7USD), but it was FREE because of Chuseok--score! During the Japanese occupation of Korea, most of the palace buildings were destroyed. It's been on ongoing process to restore the buildings to their original splendor.

Anyways, enough talking let's get on to the pictures...

The entrance to the palace...that's the changing of the guards ceremony that takes place daily:

Look at the buildings in the background to the palace gate...that's how close it is:

The entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace...

Here's the pain Gdog had to endure to get the following shots:

Geunjeongjeon, the throne hall of the king:

Let's take a peak at the ceiling, shall we?

Walking towards this is the National Folk Museum of Korea:

Okay, I had to post this picture...look at this cute little guy taking a picture of his family and then showing them afterwards:


Anonymous said...

wow i never knew it was so close to the city

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