Friday, October 05, 2012

Dragon Drum at Gwanghwamun Gate

Still some time prior to the hourly changing of the guard procession, the dragon drum just inside the main Gwanghwamun Gate of the Gyeongbokgung Palace stood bold and silent. Its vivid rainbow palette of colors and dragon designs scaling the side contrasted sharply to the neutral colors of the gate's stone bottom. 

 As a signal that the changing of the guard would commence, a red-clothed member forcefully hit the end of the drum. The center of the drum's head contained a symbol called a Samsaeg-ui Taegeuk, with red & blue representing heaven & earth, and yellow representing humanity. Let the procession begin!

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