of all palaces, they say Deoksugung is one of the prettiest. and because of the royal guards exchange sessions, Deoksugung has attracted not only foreigners, but a lot of the locals too.
so lets start with the Royal Guards Exchange Ceremony shall we?
Deoksugung is probably one of the only few palaces here that does this. or maybe the only one. from what I was told, their ceremony is exactly the same as hundreds of years ago.
they have 3 ceremonies each day, so it’s hard to miss =D. at 11:00, 14:00 and 15:30. closed on Mondays though.
not going to say that it is very fun to watch but it is pretty interesting to see how much they do just by changing guards.
and their outfit are really colourful. very traditionally Korean at least =D.
the drums part is probably my favourite part! it makes my heart jump hehehe. feels like the drama’s too!
the pictures above are not taken by me, obviously. hahaha, they are from Wai Kit. =D. he uses a 600D and a macro lens.
and this is how Deoksugung look like without the ceremony.
trying to be all Bollywood. hahaha.
the entrance tickets are cheaper than expected. and inside, there are more Koreans than foreigners.
the famous building in Deoksugung.
the view behind.
if I’m not mistaken, one of the Kings was very into the western culture and brought it back to their palace. and hence..
tada!! totally unexpected to be inside a traditional palace right?
and the traditional bits. reminds me of Sungkyunkwan.
you can’t go into most places because most stuff inside are old.
like, really old.
like taking picture like this =P. makes it look “artistic”.
Deoksugung is like one of the smaller palaces. but it’s still pretty huge. =S. but according to my China friend, Gyeongbokgung (where people have been complaining that it’s tooooo big to complete in a few hours) is NO MATCH to China’s forbidden city. well, it’s China =S.
poser queen. =D.
old bell is old.
like how they make their pathways so pretty.
and love how Koreans can mix the colours that never seem to match, but always making it appear together so well.
applying eyeliner is something I do not always do!
it’s right in front City Hall. take exit 2 (line 1) or exit 12 (line 2).
I guess this place would look awesome in Autumn.
guard is pretty tall. I wonder if someone touch them they would move hahahah.
colours of Korea.
ajumma selling dried food (fish and squid) with some chestnuts. those dried food are really nice when you eat them with mayo + soy sauce =D. they aren’t cheap though if you eat them in a HOF.
and the famous stone-wall road that looks extraordinary during Autumn. don’t believe me? google 덕수궁 돌담길 and see how awesome those pictures look. but no matter how pretty, it has a scary myth.
it is said that couples who walk through this road will eventually break up. so most couples actually DO walk through here to test their love for each other.
so would you risk your relationship to “test” your love?
love this picture.
see! couples spotted! to get here, say if you’re facing Deoksugung’s front gate, walk to the left and you’ll find yourself here. it’s much shorter than I’ve expected it to me though.
and along this road there are plenty of beautiful arts for sale.
well me and Wai Kit were kind of bored. so we went around asking for pictures hehe.
but they all look so serious @_@.
his eye’s are pretty small but he blinked.
the Malaysians in the Korean outfit. they have it for you to try it on for free! so just try it =D. it only lasts until like a certain time so make sure you line up fast. we were like the last two to get to try it. it’s during the exchange ceremony at around 2.00pm.
okay that’s all for now. bye!