Sunday, September 21, 2008

Is summer ever gonna end?!?

Today was a beautiful and hot day. We went sightseeing in Seoul. First on our way we went by a Buddhist Temple, Jogyesa. It was very neat and we went while they were having a service of sorts. This is a bunch of prayer lanterns, lanterns with a piece of paper that have a prayer attached, I believe.

This is the Great Hero Hall, the Main Hall. It houses the Shakyamuni Buddha and is known as the great hero because he has overcome greed, hatred and delusion.


The building on the left is the Brahma Bell Pavilion which holds 4 instruments and are rung in the morning and evening to call all beings to hear the words of Buddha. The building on the right is the Paradise Hall. Inside are the statues of Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Ksitigarbha the Bodhisattva of Hell.

videoA video of the worship coming from the temple, beautiful.



Then as we were walking around we found this statue in a allyway of sorts. It was really neat.Once we left the Temple we headed to our original destination, which I can't seem to remember the name of, Karen help! In essence this cute area is full of little boutiques, cafes and museums. It is a very artsy and funky area. After that we went to Gyeonbok Palace. It was constructed in 1395 to serve as the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It was destroyed by fire in 1592 and reconstructed in 1868. At the entrance we ran into the royal guards...After passing through (with our heads intact) we went to the Geunjeongjeon, the throne hall, where state affairs were held. And inside...

A view of the National Folk Museum
This is Geoncheonggung Palace and it was built for King Gojong and his consort. It was here that Empress Myeongseong was assassinated by the Japanese in 1895. Me, where I should be, in the Queen's quarters...While in Insadong we saw a parade, I don't know what it was celebrating however.Isn't she cute?
Some guys making candy. This particular candy used to be served to the Queen.
and then a toothbrush segway, random. video
Some trees that were in a what used to be a traditional theatre. We think that maybe they were decoration of the different emotions that are typically in theatres.

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