Gyeongbokgung

Yesterday we visited Gyeongbokgung, a famous palace in Seoul that Trusty Guidebook tells me was originally built in 1395, though it has been destroyed by invaders and rebuilt numerous times.

It was beautiful, and my iPhone photos won’t do it any justice. However, we took loads more pictures on Don’s fancy camera. I’ll post those as soon as we get them off Don’s camera (in reality, probably never).

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Just coming out of the subway, we were struck by how beautiful the palace buildings were – but also the contrast of these ancient(style) buildings with the rest of modern Seoul sprouting around it.

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You can see skyscrapers andTimes Square/Shuibuya style video screens through the arches of the main gate, and big green and blue buses frequently whizzing right past.

We also got to see a formal changing of the guards at these gates, similar to that at Buckingham Palace (but with fewer guards and even cooler uniforms).

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But just by turning around, however, Gyeongbokgung Palace is surrounded by mountains rather than skyscrapers.

Also, I’m pretty sure this courtyard was featured a few times in one of our favorite Korean dramas from the pre-kid days, so I was extra-thrilled to be here.

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Selfie in front of the Hyangwon-jeong Pavilion (Don has some hopefully better, none-selfie style photos of us)

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Aardvark was very into the lily pads surrounding the pavilion – and all the giant black koi fish “kissing the water,” as shed described their big freakish lips.

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Standing by the lovely Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion. Photos on Don’s camera do it much more justice.

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