Thursday, February 16, 2017

Korea: Gwanghwamun Square and the National Folk Museum

Gwanghwamun Square leads up to Gwanghwamun, the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We visited the palace last year, but we approached from the east, bypassing the square. This is the gate, with Bukaksan Mountain in the background.

The square includes this statute of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, a 16th century Joseon naval commander.

The square also features a statute of King Sejong...

...who commissioned the creation of the Korean alphabet, shown here on the side.

I planned to revisit the Gyeongbokgung grounds to check out a few parts that we didn't visit last year, but the day I was there, it was closed! But the National Folk Museum was open, so I went there.

On the grounds of the folk museum, there are statues for each of the years of the Chinese Zodiac. Here are the rabbit (Soren), pig (Sigrid), rat (Anders) and rooster (me).

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