July 31, 2010

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Posted in Korea at 1:10 pm by catsinboxes

Two days ago I went to my first palace.  It was amazing.  This palace, Gyeongbokgung, was used during the Joseon Dynasty, the last Korean dynasty before the Japanese occupation in 1910.

This is the throne room where the King viewed his subjects. In Korean it is called Geunjeongjeon

With a traditionally dressed Joseon guard

A view of the walls surrounding the Geunjeongjeon compound.

Leading up to the throne room there were lots of carved animals, all the animals of the zodiac and some others. I'm not sure what this one is!

I loved this rooster!

I've been experimenting with different angles. Do you like this one?

The royal throne

I love the beams and the details; it's so different.

Another angle: this one has been alternatively liked and pronounced a cause for motion sickness!

Well, that’s all the pictures for now, but I will be posting more within the next few days.  I’d love to know what you think of these!

July 29, 2010

Views from the Mountain

Posted in Korea at 2:08 am by catsinboxes

Yesterday I walked up to the top of the mountain that is behind our apartment.  It was quite a walk; it’s not even funny how many stairs you get to climb.  Before I leave, I’d like to actually count them.

At the top of the mountain, there is a pavilion with amazing views of the Seoul.  It is well worth all the stairs, even if you do collapse panting as soon as you get there.  After gradually reviving from the climb, I took a lot of pictures:

A view to the south east

You can see a little bit of the Han River. I love the mountains in the background.

The Han River

Not the best picture, but this is the pavilion at the top of the mountain.

Isn't it beautiful?

Another view

July 28, 2010

A French Bakery

Posted in Korea at 12:42 am by catsinboxes

Yesterday, Sun and I had lunch here.

Until last week, I'd never been to a French bakery.

Everything looks so good, it's hard to choose what you want.

Eventually I did choose.  Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m eating a pistachio chocolate roll for breakfast.  Delicious!

July 26, 2010

Pig’s Head, Anyone?

Posted in Korea at 3:12 pm by catsinboxes

I’m very sorry for the delay in posting.  Does this picture make up for it?  I will add more pictures soon.  Right now I’m about to head to bed.  Hats off to my faithful readers and thank you for reminding me to post!  ~Hayley