First up, Seoul in December is absolutely completely bloody freezing! It also means the weather can be a bit iffy. However, when it is nice, it is really nice. Clear blue skies and that crisp freshness that I love.
First up was a wander on the North side of the city as it appeared to us. Hanok houses were the first item on the agenda. These, wooden houses used to cover Korea apparently, until the Government knocked most of them down to make room for the usual Asian tower blocks.
A short wander downhill takes you to the Royal palace of Gyeongbokgung first built by King Taejo in 1394. However, due to many Japanese invasions, and being made of wood, the place has been burnt down several times.
As always seems to be the case with Asian buildings, the underside of the roofs, where they overhang is much more impressive than the tops. In this case, they produce really nice repeating patterns.
As it's made of wood all of the buildings are fairly low. This Palace has lots of different rooms originally built as apartments of rooms for the royal family. However, they all seem to have inter-locking roofs. The flat grey sky and the constant threat of snow made it a day for shooting detail and trying to avoid having too much dull white sky in the pictures.
On the hour every hour they change the palace guard. The guards wear traditional uniform and all seem to have fake beards too for some bizarre reason. Still a good spectacle.
Dinner at an excellent market. Selling all kinds of weird and wonderful food. It definitely paid to be adventurous and I can recommend the spicy pigs tail!
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.