Changdeokgung

When we think of Korean palaces, our minds most often go to Gyeongbokgung. But there is a palace literally a couple blocks away that was “loved more than any other palace by Kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)”, and its name is Changdeokgung (alt. Changdukgoong). “Changdeokgung Palace was constructed in 1405 as a secondary palace… Continue reading Changdeokgung

National Folk Museum of Korea

Inside the Gyeongbokgung area (although it has a separate entrance) is the National Folk Museum of Korea. Their brochure says, “The National Folk Museum seeks to further knowledge of Korean traditional culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting outstanding works of art”. They had several galleries about the history and culture of Korean people and… Continue reading National Folk Museum of Korea

Gyeongbokgung

Today we explore perhaps one of Korea’s most famous landmarks: Gyeongbokgung Palace. A little bit of history: according to the brochure, “Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 as the main palace of the newly founded Joseon Dynasty. The name Gyeongbokgung means ‘The new dynasty will be greatly blessed and prosperous’… The palace was burned down during… Continue reading Gyeongbokgung

Daelim Museum: Color Your Life

And thus begins my chronicle around Seoul. Daelim Museum is located in the heart of Seoul, in a quiet street a little ways off from Gyeongbokgung Palace.  It is known as Korea’s first photography museum, when it opened as Hanlim Museum in 1997 (it was renamed Daelim and moved to Seoul in 2002). Today it has evolved… Continue reading Daelim Museum: Color Your Life