Monday, October 01, 2012

Happy Chuseok, Korea!

The Gyeongbokgung Palace was a very busy place today, on this very important holiday called Chuseok. It is on this lunar holiday that Koreans pay respect to their ancestors for the year's harvest and share some of their bounties with family and friends. Traditionally, families would return home to their ancestor's graves, making the roads very congested and leaving Seoul deserted. Having been downtown today both in the palace and surroundings, I can attest a lot of people were definitely still in Seoul. Those wearing a traditional hanbok were able to get in the palace at no admission fee. While some took advantage of this offer, I was disappointed to see that most continued to wear Western clothing. At least I got a photo shot of a few cuties such as this one! 

Read more about Chuseok on this website, made by the Korean Tourism Organization.

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