Senyor in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁
We were just in time to experience an elegant traditional Korean royal court cultural ceremony.
Even though the weather spelled rain throughout that morning, we hailed a cab going to Gyeongbokgung Palace to catch the ceremony of changing of the Royal Guards.
Said to be first re-enacted during 1996, this ceremony has been a must-see among Seoul's tourist attractions ever since.
Yep, they were as excited as I was.
Before 10 in the morning, you'll hear drums thumping from a distance.
Good thing we were able to squeeze ourselves in and got a pretty good view. We didn't bother the cold breeze hitting our faces just to watch every thing that's taking place.
The ceremony can be compared to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. It takes place three times a day in front of the Palace's main gate.
This is the big ceremonial drum that is used to signal the start.
Everyone else had their picture taken on it soon as the ceremony has ended.
Even my sister had hers taken.
I had to stop and admire all the details seen all over the place.
This one is painted on the main gate's ceiling.
After the ceremony, you can have your photos taken with the guards on the main gate. Though you have to be patient because you'll have to make your way against other people wanting to get their photos taken as well.
Soon as we had ours taken, we went on our way.
I remember telling you that there were a lot of people who wants their photos taken with the guards, right?
Busloads of tourists come in and out of the palace every day.
A view of Sejong-daero strip.
King Sejong Statue (세종대왕 동상).