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Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | | 0 comment(s)

National Folk Museum

Chimneys in Amisan Garden
These four chimneys (collectively designated Treasure #811) were built to draw off the smoke from the fires that heated the floors of Kyotae-jeon, the queen's quarters. They were built in 1865, the second year of the reign of King Kojong, when Gyeongbok Palace was finally rebuilt. Each side of the hexagonal chimneys have similar decorative panels with designs for good fortune, longevity, and warding off evil spirits and fire. They also include cranes, bats, a phoenix, pine tree, bamboo, chrysanthemum, rock, deer, butterflies, and Haet'ae (a mythical beast that eats fire). The tiles on top of the chimney are a square exhaust. Besides being functional, these structures provide an aesthetic addition to the Queen's exclusive garden.

Amisan Garden
Koreans usually put a garden behind their home instead of in front. The rear garden of the Wueen's residence was forbidden to most people. It is adorned with decorative rocks, dragon decorated drains, a sun dial, a lotus-shaped stone water container, and beautifully ornamented hexagonal chimneys. The various plants and trees planted there were chosen to highlight each season: the blossoms of spring, the lush foliage of summer, and the myriad colors of fall.
Extraordinarily great romatic place. ^^

Kyeonghoe-ru is the largest pavilion in South Korea and has been designated National Treasure #224. Supported by 48 stone pillars and set in a lotus pond, the pavilion was a favored place for the King to entertain visiting dignitaries. King Taejo, founder of the Chosun Dynasty and builder of Gyeongbok Palace, had the pavilion erected on this man-made lake in the western section of the palace. He named Kyeonghoe for "joyous meeting."

Since that i've learned so many korean cultures, traditions and history from Mr. Choi (that i still keep in mind..some of them.^^) i decided to wait for a new schedule of english tour guide here in Gyeongbokgung so that me and my companions will learned more and make the tour more meaningful..And she's the tour guide..speak so well in english (really fast..walk and talk so fast..hhh). Oh by the way, she asked anyone from our group what is the symbol in one of the stones and she said she will give a prize then of course i raised my hand and said "phoenix" (which ive learned from mr. choi) hhh then my prize was around of applause from the group.hhhh
guy who never smile..kiliti kiliti kiliti..

The ceremony usually starts with the drum thingy and the flags. There were like hundreds of men marching with flags and instruments..

very cute and strict guy ~hey nicko is that you?

The next generation of koreans...aja!

These are my descendants .. they look so cute ~

And a strict soldier... (^_^)

A sexy soldier...

I had the chance to wear this soldier's costume..^^ so cute and its for FREE~

Gong~ Gong ~ Gong~

At least he looked at the camera..

Oh~ He didn't even give a smile..^^ coz they are not allowed to make a single move during the ceremony..
I didn't know that no one can touch their things...but see? i did! after taking the picture, someone said "NO!" no touch~ tsk tsk tsk..

Kakaiba yung feeling habang nanonood kami nung ceremony and we never expect na may ganitong ceremony pala ... right timing ^^

Watching a cultural ceremony..^^

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 11:05:28 AM
Gyeongbok (Palace)

Gyeongbok means Shining Happiness. It was destroyed during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and left in ruins for over 250 years. Starting in 1865, it was rebuilt to its original grandeur.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 11:58:04 AM
Going to Starbucks

During a very unusual experience ... we went to starbucks for "nothing"

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 10:06:08 AM
Lotte Mart

These are push carts that you have to insert a coin to get it..^^ and get the coin again after using it...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:42:30 AM
Lotte Mart

I had a funny experience here in lotte mart from my first day upto the last days in seoul ^^ I usually bring my digicam and my handy cam so whenever i enter this mart, theres an alarm and its so loud that people near this machine can see me hhh it seems like im a shoplifter..hhh how can i shoplift when i wasnt inside the grocery hhh the machine alarm everytime i go in and out of the lotte mart hhh and its really a shame coz thats the first time i met koeun and that thing happen..But the guard said i can go inside after checking my digital devices hhh ^^ so funny~
Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:31:28 AM
Seoul Station Lotte Mart

I think this is one of the most popular mart in Korea. I found free internet inside and free locker..just deposit a coin and then you can keep your things inside and after getting all your things the coin will be back..^^ so nice~
Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:28:12 AM
Seoul Station

This is my favorite station..this is where i first met koeun..I also met some of my students here..but theres this one who really gave me a different experience..i dont have to mention it. And also while waiting for someoen, theres this indian guy who talked to me and asking me accept the chocolate hhhhahah .. then after awhile i went inside the station..nakakatakot kaya noh! mamya terrorist pala sya hhh

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 8:58:08 AM
Subway Station

Hhaha~ i have nothing to do inside the subway..you know how sleepy head i am..^^ some of the koreans do their psp, some are just talking over the phone, some are watching tv on their phone but usually after working hours, some just sleep like me...you can even see some girls na nawawalan ng poise dahil sa pagtulog sa subway..

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 8:27:44 AM
Gunpo Station

From Gunpo to Seoul Station..not so cold on this day ^^

i ranted @ 8:17 PM