Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gwanghwamun Gate

Sitting at the start of Gwanghwamun Square is Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gates opening up to the splendour of Gyeongbokgung Palace.  To the gate's east is a watchtower that still stands next to the arterial road that's been built beside it.

As you approach from the east towards the gate, there stands a large statue of a haechi, the legendary creature that was used to project law and order and offer protection to the city.

Looking back down south towards the square on a beautiful late summer's day.

Gwanghwamun in full splendour, the southern gate to Gyeongbokgung:

At the main gate, there are a several 'guards' dressed in traditional guard attire guarding the front gate.

A view of the gate from the backside:

Before continuing on to the main palace, I went into the museum on the west side of the palace and had a small mid-afternoon snack there.  Side dishes were pickles and kimchi along with a generous helping of seaweed salad with refreshing slices of watermelon on the side.

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