Gyeongbokgung

Hyangwongjeong: a beautiful reconstruction.

Gyeongbokgung 경복궁 (Hanja: 景福宮) is a historic site in downtown Seoul, the site of an opulent palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. Few, if any, of the structures in the photographs below are original; the palace was more or less razed by the Japanese occupiers in the colonial period or during the Korean War. Nowadays it is a major tourist attraction and a curiously contrived window into traditional Korea.

A closer look at the woodwork.
A language of signs and symbols pervades my dreams.
A close look at the ersatz palace.
One of the rather modest-looking thrones at Gyeongbokgung.
Apparently the pavilion is original.
Hyangwongjeong, the pavilion of far-reaching fragrance.
Jar storage at the old palace.
The gate of receiving plenty.
National Folk Museum, Seoul.

South Korea 2012

A complete travelogue from one unplanned week in Seoul, South Korea. These stories are evenly divided between lengthy travelogues and brief photo galleries and are arranged in rough chronological order.

  1. First Impressions of Seoul
  2. Still Images of a Modern Seoul
  3. A Crash Course in Korean Culture
  4. Learning to Love Kimchi
  5. Seodaemun Prison
  6. Insadong and Cheonggyecheon
  7. Gyeongbokgung
  8. The Dark Side of Seoul
  9. War Memorial of Korea
  10. Seoul Inspired
  11. Bongeunsa Temple
  12. Hanok Style and Traditional Korea
  13. Seoul After Dark
  14. Final Thoughts About My First Trip to Seoul

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