Category Archives: Joseon

SK in SK: A History of South Korea

I had read Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea before I ever went to East Asia, but my travels around South Korea definitely deepened and solidified my knowledge and understanding of Korean history. These are the S.K. in S.K. posts … Continue reading

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A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul

From Inwangsan, I walked along the remains/reconstruction of the old Seoul City Wall to Bukaksan, the mountain to the north of Seoul which offered the city some of its good feng shui. I actually had arranged to have lunch with … Continue reading

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A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall. I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I … Continue reading

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Huwon: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung

More than half of the grounds of Changdeokgung Palace are in the Huwon, the ‘Secret Garden’, which is the supreme example of a traditional Korean garden. It was established for the exclusive use of the Joseon kings, and only people … Continue reading

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Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 4: Nakseonjae

Nakseonjae is a complex of relatively simple buildings in the corner of Changdeokgung Palace, which is a World Heritage Site. As you can see, it has much plainer colors than most of the other palace buildings. This set of buildings … Continue reading

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Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 3: Indoor Spaces

This post is dedicated to all of the photos I took of indoor spaces in Changdeokgung palace, which is a World Heritage Site. The two photos above show the main throne hall of Changdeokgung. You can see the many double … Continue reading

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Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 2: Trees

Above is the set of … I think they are locust trees … which are between the entrance gate of Changdeokgung and the stone bridge, which is incidently the oldest stone bridge in Seoul. If I remember correctly, these trees … Continue reading

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