Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Picking up where my previous post left off, we came out of the museum to see Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace Interior Courtyard

Now, keep in mind that this is the back view. We’d accidentally missed the most picturesque parts of the tour so we had to go against the flow of traffic to get a shot like this:

Gyeongbokgung Palace Gate

Gyeongbokgung Palace Interior Courtyard

I loved taking pictures of places like this all trip. The colors were so bright even before I’d edited the pictures, though I once again wanted a wider angle lens (I’ll stop talking about that eventually).

All of the buildings had very ornate decorations on the beams and were in great condition. I’m ashamed to admit how many photos I have of the design. I was amazed every time I saw it.

Interior courtyard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Behind the main castle is a quiet garden. Please note this is not the Secret Garden that’s located at Jongmyo Shrine (which I’ll be putting up next post).

Garden at Gyeongbokgung Palace (not Secret Garden)

The garden wasn’t the only place that had  beautiful floral life. Cherry blossom trees were in bloom. For this next picture, I wanted to get the cherry blossoms in the foreground into the picture as well, but I’d just discovered the concept of having a shallow depth of field. I took two photos: one where the blossoms were in focus, and one where the door was.

I went with the door being in focus because that was the more interesting object of the two.

Back gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace

From there, we went for Bibimbap. It’s something we ate a lot of because there were so many different takes on it, and it was easy to order. Oh, and it’s delicious.

BiBimBap

We then went on to the Jongmyo Shrine. This is a pretty short post, but I felt that the Palace deserved its own post, as will Changdeokgung (that’s for next week, though!).

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