This evening I have again been watching some of the Winter Olympics and have been thinking of trips I have made to South Korea.
Tonight I decided to share a few pictures of some of the palace complexes in Seoul.
This picture is from the Changgyeonggung complex. You can read more about it by clicking on Changgyeonggung.
The picture above was taken on a cold winter day much like the ones that they are having now in South Korea.
This building is known as Geunjeongjeon and is the main throne hall in the Gyeongbokgung complex. This palace complex is from the Josean Dynasty and was built around 1400.
Here is another view of Geunjeongjeon that was taken in 2008. The one above was taken in 2013. Can you tell a difference in the background? The skyline is entirely different as many new buildings have been built in Seoul over the years I have been traveling there.
The buildings are so colorful. Here is a passageway that connects two buildings in one of the complexes. They have very intricate and colorful designs.
Did you notice the little figures on the roof lines in the pictures above? Here is a closer look at the Japsang.
To learn more about Japsang and their significance you can visit my post Journey to the West.
This little structure is known as Hyangwonjeong. It is on a little island in the middle of a round pond in the Gyeongbokgung complex.
Now back to the Olympics before getting some sleep.
Posted in Culture, Korea, Memories, Seasons, Travel
Tagged Changgyeonggung, Gyeongbokgung, Olympics, Palace, Seoul, South Korea, Winter Olympics
So far it has been a very mild winter here in California. We did get some cold weather and rain early in the season, but recently it has been very springlike.
The trees are starting to blossom and flowers are blooming. It was beginning to really feel like spring.
But, we are getting a return to winter this week with temperatures dropping below freezing tonight and some possible rain later in the week. The temperatures should be down to 28 in the morning and there should be some frost. I am wondering how my rose bushes will be affected. They are already starting to put on some new growth.
Here you can see that frost is forecast in the mornings for the next few days. I am not looking forward to cold rain on Thursday, but we really do need some moisture.
I guess that I shouldn’t complain too much, but look at it as a chance to get ready for the colder weather that I will experience in Canada the first week of March. I will be sure to take my heavier coat with me on the trip.