1 Dec 2010
Ella Marshall
I am a self-confessed foodie, I am always seeking to test my taste buds.

A cold and windy afternoon in Seoul provided a somewhat ‘rustic’ backdrop for my visit to the city’s Gyeongbokgung Palace, which coincided with the changing of the guard ceremony.

The above video is actually a prelude to the actual changing of the guards which was quite a long winded process and not nearly as interesting; with lots of marching around and standing still…then some more marching…and then standing still!

I was quite disappointed to learn that the palace as it stands is not completely original (the buildings were initially constructed in the 14th century by King Taejo, when it served as Seoul’s principal palace), having being razed by the Japanese in both the 16th and 20th centuries. So what you actually see here toady is only around 40% original with the remainder of the compound consisting of modern reconstructions.

Nonetheless, it was still a spectacular experience and most of all it was so interesting to observe the Korea that is currently being played out in the news and then to observe it first hand in person. There doesn’t seem to be ‘tension’ in the air- people are admirably going about their daily lives as usual, although most kindly advised me not to visit the DMZ (which I had really wanted to go to) at the present time!

Comments
  1. Very colourful though. I like it.
    Pity you couldn’t make the dmz. Would have been top of my wishlist too.
    Re the reconstruction, I wonder if this highlights a different attitude toward archaeological ‘quality’. The French approach seems to me to be similar, and similarly disappointing.

    Michael C, Wednesday, December 01, 2010 10:28
  2. Amazing!

    I love the folklore that you captured in the pictures, it really invites people to go there and wanting to see more and more…even when you can always find dissapointing things.

    Mariel Fuentes, Thursday, December 02, 2010 05:10
  3. Are you ready to go home Ella? How you feeling right now? How did the Finnair Cabin Union on strike affected you?

    Hope you are doing fine,

    Greetings,
    Mariel

    Mariel Fuentes, Thursday, December 02, 2010 05:11

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