Monday, April 5, 2010

Deoksu-Gung Palace

On Saturday, I head to Seoul alone to see the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Seoul Museum of Art.  The line was, honestly, a mile long.  It took about 45 minutes to wait in line and get a ticket.  However, it was amazing! 

There were some cool statues to look at while I waited...
Nearby the Museum was the DEOKSU-GUNG Palace.  This Palace was originally constructed in the mid-1400s for the private residence of the grandson of King Sejo.  It was converted into a temporary palace in 1593 for the next 15 years.  Then...there is a whole story of changing names, King/Queens living here, escaping, etc etc...  It was used until 1919.  In 1933 it was restored and opened to the public.

The entrance gate

The developer of Hangul, Korea's written language

The King's Throne

While exploring the Palace...I met some foreigners that live in Seoul.  They were really cool and invited me out to dinner and shopping with them.

Squid from a street vendor...yummm!



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