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A window into my Seoul – rich hues of yesteryear

September 24, 2008

Mixed amongst Seoul’s concrete and glass monochrome streets are some magnificent buildings from yesteryear, rich in colour. A favourite for many travellers including myself, is the well known palace Gyeongbokgung. It’s stately name is pretty much a tongue twister to pronounce for many non Korean speakers, but conjures up images of grandeur. Inside the grounds lie a labyrinth of buildings old and new, some dating back to the 18th century. Sadly those much older were destroyed by the Japanese occupation early last century.

The palace buildings most striking features have to be the colours and designs. The intricate paintwork and  choice of hues -reds, greens, blues – grab your attention as you wander around. There is something special about these traditional Korean buildings that you cannot see in other parts of Asia. A sense of ancient China but with a strong statement of being uniquely – Korean.

by Cate

by Cate

These buildings are not only abundant in colour but abundant in texture.

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by Cate

Even the treasures within have a luxurious sheen to them.

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by Cate

Despite Seoul losing a lot of its national treasures to its past, what remains are monuments of yesteryear standing proud with rich hues and old stories. Well worth the effort to visit.

Caffeinated Traveller

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2 Comments
  1. September 24, 2008 6:16 pm

    Korea has made tremendous progress in 6 years since its independence. Everyone talks about china and India but they forget the Korea achieve more success than these two countries. And Seoul is the engine of Korea’s growth.

    Debra
    Austin

  2. September 25, 2008 7:27 am

    Korea has come along in leaps and bounds and its a pity that this country gets sidelined due to its larger neighbours. I think Korea has a lot to offer travellers especially Seoul. I hope to help promote the country through my blog as a good travel destination.Any insights into Seoul are always welcome. Thanks for your comments Debra.

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