Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gyongbokgoong, South Korea's Palace

This place is Kyongbokgoong, a Korea's used-to-be palace,
which is now more of a museum or a touring place rather than where Kings live.
Well, here are some highlights!

I don't really know what's the deal with heights in Korea as well as other Asian countries,
but do you see the stairs on the upper right corner of the picture below?
If you look at the very center stair, its slightly higher than the stairs on its left and right side... Yeah, the higher stair is where the King walks.
Like.... I think it wouldn't even matter much if the King was a total midget.. 
And these rocks with some Hanja(Korean word for Kanji) written on the stones
are the places where each people stand according to his (I would also add "her" but there were not many women back then involved in politics...) social status, which was pretty strict and distinct back then.

This is the King's chair, which, again, is higher than others... lol what to do
with our mighty midget king :D

The little animal statues on the roof is known
to protect the palace from the evil.

Left is the decoration of the roofs of Korea back then,
and the right is what you could see in every village back then.
The wooden statue on the left is the male, and the right is the female,
and the villagers believed that they would protect their village.
So many symbols, decorations, and statues are about safety and protection,
so you can kind of tell that's what their primary concern was back then.

These are some of the shoes worn back then.
The "high heel" shoes(left) were worn when it was raining,
and the straw shoes(center) were most worn,
and the shoes made out of rubber (right) was for special occasion or for richer people.

Finally, here is Hanja (Korean word for Kanji).
These characters were originally made in China, and eventually spread to
many other Asian countries like Japan and Korea.
Now, the literacy rate in these Asian countries are extremely high,
but back then, it used to be only the royal family who could read and write.

This place is probably a must-go hot spot for people who are visiting Korea.
Here's a little advice for your own convenience and enjoyment:
Go on the weekdays when there are less people touring around!

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