Sunday, April 24, 2011

Family Trip to Korea - Gyeongbokgung

Seoul has many palaces and temples that are pretty big tourist attractions. Our tour passed through Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), a palace in center of Seoul and right next to the prime minister's residence, The Blue House. Gyeongbokgung was one of the main palaces during the Chosun Dynasty.Breaking down the Korean (actually the Hanja, or Chinese characters with Korean pronunciation), "Gyeong" 경 means bright or shining, "Bok" 복 means happiness and "Gung" 궁 means palace. So, Gyeongbokgung translates to "Palace of shining happiness" or something like that!One of my favorite buildings on the compound (pictured above)is The Gyeonghwaeru Pavilion 경회루. The pavilion juts out into a small lake and was used way back during the Chosun Dynasty for meetings and banquets for VIPs and politicians.We spent an hour or so in the Museum on the compound and walking around. P'Neung and P'Nut didn't leave the bus for this particular tour as they were recovering from the previous evening's cultural activities, haha, pictures of that soon ;)

2 comments:

Tau said...

Korea looks dope...watched a movie called "Best of the Best." They had some really good Tae Kwon Doe in Korea...see any of that? Bro wish we could be at the wedding, please post plenty of pics and videos.

Pae and Guy said...

You can count on it Tau! Although, this time I won't be the one behind the camera! I'll have to steal pics from other people!

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