Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace & Old Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the many palaces in Seoul.  This one was built in the 1395, so it’s pretty old.

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The Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds is massive.  It’s in the middle of Seoul and Sejongno street ends where the palace begins.  I guess Sejongno Street is Seoul’s Yellow Brick Road.  However, at the moment, it doesn’t look like that for the former South Korean President — Park Geun-hye.  The world needs more protest to remove corrupt presidents who put their personal financial gain ahead of the country they are elected to serve.  *ahem America cough*

The Gyeongbokgung Palace is a great place to visit.  The palace has a lot of things to see and do.  There are re-enactments of Korean royal guards every few hours at the Gwanghwamun gate; Gwanghwamun gate is the main gate where the Yellow Brick Road ends.  As mentioned, it was built in 1395 during the Joseon dynasty, so it makes the palace a year younger than Betty White.

Here are a list of things to see within the palace:

  • Royal Korean Guards Re-enactments –  This is pretty cool to watch if you like grown men playing with swords and pretending to be Peter Pan.
    Royal Korean Guards Re-enactments
    Royal Korean Guards Re-enactments
  • Gwanghwamun gate – This is the main gate on the South.
    Gyeongbokgung Seoul
    Gyeongbokgung’s Gwanghwamun gate
  • Heungnyemun gate – This is the main inner gate within the palace.
    Heungnyemun gate
    Heungnyemun gate
  • Geunjeongjeon (Throne Hall) – It’s hall where the king used to address his audience.
  • Geunjeongjeon (Throne Hall)
  • Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Hall) – It was a hall used to host banquets and state dinners.
     Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Hall)
    Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Hall)
  • Hwangwonjeong – It’s known as the “Pavilion of Far-Reaching Fragrance” and built in the 1870s.
    Hwangwonjeong
  • National Palace Museum of Korea – It houses over 40,000 artifacts from the Joseon dynasty in addition to Betty White’s baby crib.
    National Palace Museum of Korea
    National Palace Museum of Korea
  • National Folk Museum – It illustrates the history of the Korean people using replicas.
    National Folk Museum
    National Folk Museum
  • Penis & Vagina Sculptures – I’m dead serious.
     Penis & Vagina Sculptures
    Penis & Vagina Sculptures

I bet you weren’t expecting to see the Yellow Brick Road end where a penis and vagina sculptures laid.  Talk about getting laid.  Literally and visually.

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