…Lunar New Year at the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)

Admission to the Gyeongbok Palace was free on Lunar New Years, and we’d heard that many of the locals will dress up in traditional clothing to celebrate the holiday. While it seemed way too cold for many of them to celebrate that way, a few brave souls did venture out in the silk Hanbok dresses, complete with wolly undergarments and quilted coats. The palace itself was rebuilt after the wars, so it feels a little manufactured rather than historic, and the gardens weren’t all that exciting in early February, but we did wander into the neighboring museum grounds and were surprised by a festival, complete with drumming, kites and food samples (which we missed by a hair).

Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
The pine trees in Asia look just like they do in Chinese calligraphic art. I thought it was just a stylization until I moved here, but they really are wispy and slanty. And, this photo shows how not exciting the gardens are in February.
The pine trees in Asia look just like they do in Chinese calligraphic art. I thought it was just a stylization until I moved here, but they really are wispy and slanty. And, this photo shows how not exciting the gardens are in February.
The slightly prettier inner gardens near the King's quarters and the concubine's rooms.
The slightly prettier inner gardens near the King’s quarters and the concubine’s rooms.
Traditional Drumming performance. I took this photo by reaching over the heads of the crowd.
Traditional Drumming performance. I took this photo by reaching over the heads of the crowd.
My actual view of the drumming performance.
My actual view of the drumming performance.
The changing of the guard at the Gyeongbok Palace.
The changing of the guard at the Gyeongbok Palace.
They do things more colorfully here than at Buckingham Palace.
They do things more colorfully here than at Buckingham Palace.
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One thought on “…Lunar New Year at the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)

  1. Hi, Lauren and Matt, It’s a pretty palace, though. I didn’t aee it when there with the P.Youth Philharmonic many years ago. Travelling with them meant mostly going to concerts, being with the group all the time, so no exploring, sadly. Love, Jeanne

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