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Once more with photos -- Day 10 Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
And now we come to the final day of the holiday and the visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. It's a splendid historical site, but most of the buildings are reconstructions rather than the originals.

However, it is most definitely impressive and the weather obliged and gave us the occasional glimpse of blue sky.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

As you can see, the palace is very popular with tourists, both native Koreans and other nationalities.

The old and the new, side by side.

Old and new, Seoul

Old and new, Seoul

As I said, very popular with tourists. So much so that I tried to make the people a feature rather than a bug. Note all the umbrellas. These were ubiquitous in Korea. If it was raining, they kept the rain off, if the sun came out, people used them as parasols.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

We particularly liked the fingernails on this carved creature.

Carvings on the steps, Gyeongbokgung Palace

A cute little carved horse. Note also that from some positions, you couldn't see the surrounding city at all and the palace could have been in the middle of countryside.

Horse sculpture, Gyeongbokgung Palace

And here is a rather droll cat.

Cat statue at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Some halls were placed beside water, which presumably helped to keep them cool in summer.

Lake at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

This was the building where the woman was singing. You can see the shoes left on the steps by members of the audience.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Old storage jars displayed on a series of stone steps.

Brown pots

Another shot that gives the impression that the palace is in the middle of nowhere.

Lake at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Changing the guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Changing the guard

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khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 4th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
So much so that I tried to make the people a feature rather than a bug. Note all the umbrellas.

This is something else I've learned over the years. There was a time when I would have been mildly disappointed at all the modern tourists ruining my photos, but now I see it more as a great chance to talk to the locals (and locals from other places). Tourists are often far more likely to talk to strangers because they're usually in a good mood, not busy doing something else and often interested in the same things you are.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: August 4th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
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