I haven’t been to Seoul since I was a kid so I was thrilled to get to visit with Angela. One of the first places we went to was the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. It’s hard to fairly judge it as our guide told us so much had been decimated by the Japanese during their invasion almost a century ago and much of it is under renovation. But it was interesting seeing all the Chinese inspirations (and even Mandarin characters everywhere which actually sound like Korean characters before the Koreans made their own alphabet). I enjoyed visiting Korea after all these decades and will post some more of my pictures (and thoughts) as I organize them through the week. I’m also excited some of our photos will be published in Gravel Magazine from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In the meantime, this shot of the palace and a short description from Wiki!
“First constructed in 1395, later burned and abandoned for almost three centuries, and then reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name means “Palace” [Gung] “Greatly Blessed by Heaven” [Gyeongbok]. In the early 20th century, much of the palace was destroyed by Imperial Japan. Since then, the walled palace complex has been gradually restored back to its original form. As of 2009, roughly 40% of the original number of palace buildings still stand or have been reconstructed.”