Travel: Gyeongbokgung Palace / National Folk Museum of Korea through a DSLR

Here’s an extension of my previous blog entry – Gyeongbokgung Palace through a digicam.

Clearly those crappily-taken photos on a crappy cam do no justice to the magnificence of the palace, so I’ve ransacked my external hard disk drive and found more awesome photos. Enjoy 😀

The guard changing ceremony commences!

Seems to be the messenger bringing the royal decree to relieve the guards of their post.

The official ceremony?

This fella seems to be the head of guards.

The new batch of guards marching in to relieve the ones already standing there.

Guards on the left coming in to relieve those on the right.

The relieved guards on the right can now go relieve themselves (in the toilet)…

…while the new bunch of guards stand tall and vigilant.

Venturing to another pagoda…

…which holds the National Folk Museum of Korea

Man, this is major epic. I can so see this going viral as a meme – with fabulous people being photoshopped in.

The Korean words on the first line literally mean “well-suited to the colour of good results” – I guess it signifies that you should be dressed for success, and therefore links to being Forever Fabulous.

The second line says “Exhibition of  Hanbok donated by Eliza”. I’m not sure who Eliza is, but I’m sure she must have been really Fabulous. haha.

Korean rooms in the olden days. Love the old-school boom boxes /radios and fan.

Tools used for harvesting during ancient times

Traditional hanboks – these Korean traditional outfits are actually a really long and poofy tube dress covered by a short jacket with large sleeves.

Traditional footwear

Some traditional headgear throughout the times and for different occupations.

Cutest little figurines! These are the traditional song & dance costumes of Korea. Love the pompoms on the heads.

Bowls used throughout the times…

…and evolving into today’s traditional Korean cutlery as we know it.

If my memory serves me well, I remember that the women have to present a full cutlery set to their future-in-laws when getting married. Expensiveeeee.

Types of tables for different usages – studying, eating alone, eating with friends/family, learning, having a meeting, cooking, etc.

What you’ll find in their kitchens

Yummy healthy Korean side dishes 반찬 (pronounced pan-chan) that are always served free in their restaurants – and free flow too. How’s that for customer service and satisfaction?

More cute tiny figurines depicting how side dishes are made.

Korean weddings – still the same these days! I totally wanna wear one of those hanboks and have red dots on my cheeks one day 😀

I believe these were ancient Korean characters – might have an inkling of Mandarin in it as well. So pretty! King Sejong was the one who created the current Korean Hangeul system in order to standardise things and make it easier for his people. I’ll be doing up a blog entry on King Sejong in the next week, so do bookmark my blog and back 😀

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