Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Critters around the Palace

Located around the throne hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace are a rather large collection of stone-carved critters. Facing each of the four cardinal directions are guardian figures (white tiger, blue dragon, black tortoise, and red peacock). In addition, there are twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, responsible for guarding the hall and its occupants against evil. 

I find it rather humorous that most of the critters have large noses. Any significance there?

Blue dragon


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