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Korea: Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbok Palace

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I'm currently in Greece on my honeymoon! In the meantime, I have a series of travel posts scheduled until I return.

In November 2012 I went to Seoul, Korea for work. While I was there I was able to do some sightseeing. I had a day off and took a Palace and Temple tour. We started off at the Buddhist Temple, Jogyesa Temple. This temple location was first founded in 1395, and the present structure was founded in 1910.

It looked like there was some kind of flower and art festival the day I was there.

The building was so stunning! I couldn't get over how colorful it was!



The trees in front of the Temple are about 500 years old!

The tour guide that people can spend the night in the smaller structure on the left in this photo.

So colorful!










After we left the Temple, we drove for a bit to Gyeongbok Palace. This is the entrance to the Palace.

The Palace was first constructed in 1394. In 1592 it was destroyed by the Japanese invasion and then was abandoned for the next three centuries.
Every hour they have a royal changing of the guard ceremony, and we arrived right in time to see it.

This building is the Throne Hall, where the king would meet with important guests and give speeches to his people.

This building is part of the gate that surrounds the Throne Building.
The ground outside of the Throne Room was purposefully uneven, so that guests would have to look down while they walked and not be looking up at the King.
 
The Throne Room
 

The ceiling of the Throne Room
 
This was a hall used to host banquets.
 
Beautiful scenery surrounding the banquet hall

Banquet hall again



At this point, me and two American soldiers got separated from the rest of the tour group, so I have no idea what these buildings are.

This is where the prince and his wife lived.

Only about 40-50% of the Palace has been excavated and rebuilt. I think they were working on rebuilding the kitchens while I was there.

At the end of the Palace tour, we had about 10 minutes to quickly walk through the National Folk Museum of Korea.


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