Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Korea (Part 3) Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul has numerous cultural sites within the city. Many of them were destroyed by two Japanese occupations in 1590's and 1910, and shelling during the Korean war. Since the 1950's the government has been slowly rebuilding the lost structures.

I got the chance to visit two of the palace sites. The first is Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is the first royal palace built in Seoul.

To get to the palace, it is necessary to pass through three gates. This is the second gate, which now acts as the park entrance.

Inside of this gate is a collection of statues. These mythological creatures were intended to force the King's bureaucrats and administrators into telling the truth. Something in critical need today.

The palace throne room is decorated in bright colors, signifying royalty.

The bright designs extend to the palace exterior, again signifying royalty.

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