Priya Bradfield (priyabradfield) wrote,
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Visiting a palace

Ok, so I haven't posted much about what we did while my family was here. Last Saturday, June 3rd, we took them out to a Changdeokgung, or Changdeok Palace. It was a pretty hot day, and we got to the palace about an hour before the English tour. So, we had a quick lunch (sandwiches and kimbap) across the street at a mini mart.

Maya and Akash Maya and Akash
Waiting for our tour of Changdeokgung.
Akash, Avi and Maya Akash, Avi and Maya
Donhwamun Gate Donhwamun Gate
This is the main entrance to Changdeok Palace. First built in 1412 and restored in 1609, it is the oldest palace gate remaining in Seoul.
Injeongjeon Hall Injeongjeon Hall
This is the main hall of Changdeok Palace. This is where coronations and receptions of foreign envoys were held.
Inside the Throne room Inside the Throne room
Injeongjeon Hall in comparison to little ol' me Injeongjeon Hall in comparison to little ol' me
Royal palaquin Royal palaquin
Door to Nakseonjae Door to Nakseonjae
A door that leads to one of the inner buildings. This building behind this was built in 1847 for the royal concubine, Lady Kim. I want this to be the door for my courtyard! But no, Chris cannot have a concubine.
Buyongji Pond and Juhamni Pavilion Buyongji Pond and Juhamni Pavilion
Buyongji is a rectangular pond with a round island in the center. Juhamni Pavilion, behind the pond, is a two-storied pavilion built in 1776 when King Jeongjo ascended the throne. The first floor was "Gyujanggak", the royal library, and the second floor was a reading room.

After the palace, which took about 2 hours to do, we stopped to get some ice cream and sat under a pavilion to cool off. Then I suggested we head over to the Buddhist temple, the one that the Lotus Lantern Festival was at. Chris took Maya and Nadia and headed off to Myeongdong to get coffee and go inside somewhere, since he wasn't interested in the temple. So, they hopped into a cab. We were going to meet them later at Din Tai Fung for dimsum. So, we walked to the temple.

I even tried to get a picture of the Buddhist swastika in light of recent discussions about that on the GoPets forums, but couldn't get a good one...I'll try next time. After going to the temple, we walked to Myeongdong. Um, it didn't look that far on the map! LOL It would have been fine if it weren't for the heat.

But dimsum was YUMMY, as usual. :-)
Tags: family, korean experiences, out and about, pictures, sightseeing
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