Gyeongbokgung Palace
Seoul, South Korea

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Gwanghwamun is the main gate to Gyeongbukgung Palace. Although it appears old, it actually is a reconstruction from 1968. The Japanese colonialists destroyed the original one.

Luckily, I came across the changing of the guard.

The wonderful thing about this ceremony is photographers can weave around in front, behind, and beside the various groups of guards.

Gwanghwamun @ Night

National Palace Museum of Korea

I expected a wonderful assortment of exhibits, and I was certainly not disappointed. It can easily take a day to scrutinze each one.

Although Koreans have their own language now, royalty also used the Chinese language in the past.


The museum's coverage is quite broad, going up to even recent times. Notice even at the end of the 19th century, the local newspaper was still in traditional Chinese script.

Although autumn has arrived, the museum restaurant still served a cold summer dish with chicken, egg, lettuce, and even watermelon all mixed together. I didn't expect watermelon could be part of the main course though.

Musical instruments

Who wants to be carried away in a royal carriage?

This complicated replica is supposed to tell time as water passes from one module to the next.

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