Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Daejojeon, Changdeokgung Palace

The queen's residence at Changdeokgung Palace, Daejojeon is one of the few buildings in which one can see furnishings. Above we see some ornate but very hard-looking furniture, decorated in mother-of-pearl. Above the doorway was a beautifully carved phoenix, traditionally a symbol for the Queen. Phoenixes are associated with peace, prosperity, and happiness - a bit ironic, considering that the Daejojeon was the site of the last cabinet meeting of the dynasty in which Japan's annexation of Joseon was deliberated. 

Outside of the area buildings was the fire cauldron, meant to quickly help put out fires in the immediate area. I guess it wasn't effective enough, as Daejojeon was destroyed by fire in 1917. 

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