In Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) (Korea Post 2)

Moving to a different part of Korean history, Gyeongbokgung Palace is a major historical site and tourist attraction dating originally to 1395, but rebuilt as recently as the 1990′s due to war and its symbol for Korean pride even in the midst of Japanese occupation.

Part of a visit is a changing of the guard to the palace gates, where costumed soldiers march in to the area. This gave a perfect beginning to the visit.

Above: this symbol, seen on a ceremonial drum, is a variant on the Taegeuk, or 태극, an ancient symbol which appears on the national Korean flag in a two-color form. The example above is three-colored, so its known as the “삼색의 태극,” or “Samsaeg-ui Taeguek.” Yellow represents humanity, while red and blue refer to heaven and earth.

   

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6 responses to “In Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) (Korea Post 2)

  1. Sue

    So very rich in colors!!!!

  2. This looks like such an amazing place to visit! Packed full of history and tradition. Beautiful

  3. One of the wonderful palaces in Seoul. Nice photos as usual. :)

  4. Pingback: In Korea: Snowy Changdeokgung (창덕궁) Palace (Korea Post 4) | Josh Fahler Photography

  5. I loved Seoul! And I was fortunate enough to see this performed on a magically bright day… this brought back nice memories! Nice pics!

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