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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gyeongbokgung, Palace Greatly Blessed By Heaven, Seoul


Heungnyemun gate

Danch'eong (Enlightenment)

The brightly painted patterns of danch'eong adorn the ceilings, eaves, support pillars, and walls of all temple buildings. The colors, which are not quite pastels but not quite primary either, symbolized the bright enlightenment of the next world. 


Geunjeongmun gate


prior to restoration


some Morrisy looking flowers



a new building

Gyeongbokgung in Seoul, Korea, is the royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty first built in 1394.  It was almost completely destroyed by the Japanese in the 1590s, rebuilt in 1867 (330 buildings and 5,792 rooms), and sadly, again systematically destroyed by the Japanese during their occupation of Korea in the early 20th century (only ten buildings survived).  In 1989, the Korean government began a 40-year project to rebuild the palace restoring the surviving buildings and rebuilding those that were lost.