Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Enroute to Deoksugung, there appeared to be a Sunday market of sorts on the grounds of City Hall so I stopped to check things out when I heard some clanging and fanfare accompanied by the sight of these marchers wearing traditional Korean garments. Apparently, they troop around between the palaces probably as a tourist attraction/curiosity to give a 'live demonstration' of their culture and history.

Since these guys probably do this pretty frequently, I wonder sometimes if these are the people who play all the extras on those historical korean dramas like Queen Seon Deok and The Moon Embraces The Sun =)

After entering Deoksugung, you might get the feeling that, while it was also one of the Five Great Palaces (in addition to Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung), this palace has a less grand feel to it. It is situated in a very wooded area and is currently more of a public park than a historical site, although you can definitely find numerous palace structures here.

The compound was at times a royal residence and palace although it was more often used by relatives of the King. You can still find the stone tablets known as pumgyeseoks in the courtyard indicating where court officials of varying rank should stand, much like in Gyeongbokgung or the other royal palaces.  Haechi likenesses can also be found in multiple places.

Off in the distance you can see apartment buildings and office towers surrounding the compound.

I quite liked the design of the doorways and walls separating the compound into different sections but it was always quite curious to see that all the doorways were all so short. Wonder if people back then were all shorter...

One last pavilion with an unusual but quite interesting design.

Some more of the cute little figurines.

I guess its not really unusual to find yet another statue of King Sejong the Great here.

In case you're short on time and wondering which palaces to visit in Seoul, I would definitely say that Gyeongbokgung and the Changgyeonggung/Changdeokgung complexes are a bit more impressive, particularly with rather magnificent buildings in Gyeongbokgung.

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