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Friday, February 5, 2016

Central Masjid & Changdeok Palace in Seoul

The majestic Seoul Central Masjid. Built in 1976. The largest Masjid in Korea to date. 
A glimpse into the Masjid and its vicinity~ Itaewon area.
The Kings' most beloved palace of Joseon Dynasty thanks to its spaciousness.
A glance into the palace and its compound.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Changdeokgung Inside (part 3): The One & Only Blue-Roofed Hall

Before long, I saw a glimpse of what the office and other high-life furnitures were like inside the palace.
The hallway adjacent to the royal room seemed to show off an exquisite taste of its heyday.
Hmmmm...this is interesting. A cabinet? a desk? a working desk? Gee..I wished I'd had a tour guide while wandering inside the palace...
...with no guide whatsoever..I could only guess what they were used to be for....^^ But, I think it used to be a place where royal guests were entertained...
Another room showing off how the grandeur of its heyday was being shown upon.
Again...no other people were visible during my visit. It's a bit eerie...well, of course there were one of two..., but still...the stillness froze me away...
This is Seonjeongjeon 선정전 ...dubbed to be the only existing palace building with a blue-tiled roof. 
Yup..it's blue, alright.
oops..this is not inside the palace. It's definitely OUTSIDE the palace....leading to Bukcheon Hanok Village....^^...which means one thing...I was oblivious that I was already outside the palace compound.*-*

Changdeokgung Palace (part 2)

...was ready to leave when I spotted another chimney to get myself drawn into.
Right..the sun was shyly shining behind the clouds...when I spotted a chimney...
...kept on walking through the hall over the hall...spread as far as I could see...
The roofs of this particular palace seemed to be the only roofs crammed in one palace..different from what I saw in other palaces in Seoul. I could be wrong, though...
But..boy..oh boy..this section in particular was the only spot that caught my attention far longer than the other sections in the whole palace.
I mean..I could enjoy the intricate designs, the ornaments, the colors, the laid bare red bricks ...the carving on the roof tiles...
This is quite something new for me..since I always thought that the color of red usually dot the whole palace...but I was apparently wrong.
The distinguishable colors of green, red, yellow, pink(?), black...indeed beautified this particular section at Changdeok Palace.
Who would've thought that I'd spent another 30-minute..and counting....again and again..in this particular spot at the palace.
That's nothing sort of new...considering myself as a chimney lover.^^
The quintessential ornament in any palace in Korea. 
Blue skies with friendly clouds...accompanying me continuing my lone journey into the palace lot.

Changdeokgung Palace (part 1)

딱 9시10분 아침에 도착해서 그런지.... 관강객들이 많이 없었네. 그래도 좋았다. 텅 비어 있는 궁이 사진을 찍는게 더 좋더라.
물론 쑥 들어가보니....단 구경하는 사람이 없어서...찡...무서웠더라...
ㅋㅋㅋ 무서운 영화를  많이 봐서 그랬다. 
구석 구석 곰곰히 구경해 보니 흠..신기하더라. 생각보다...창덕궁은 다른 궁보다 매력이 있네.
이러한 나무로 꾸민 울다리(?) 가까이 보니 오래되었고 잘 보존되었다.
The ornaments were intact.
The veranda seemed to be well preserved.
근데 ...너무 추어 가지고 밖에서 구경하는 게 참 힘들었다. 

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