Friday, February 01, 2013

Floating Wine Cups and Thatched Roofs

 Nestled in the northern section of the Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace is the area known as Ongnyucheon, named after the brook running through it. Inspired by ancient Chinese scholars who composed and then recited poetry when wine glasses floated to them, the practice was sometimes taken up here by a rock known as Soyoam. I wonder if they also followed the Chinese scholars' punishment for not being able to recite a poem - the drinking of three cups of wine...

A stone's throw away along the path of the brook is Cheonguijeong, the only remaining pavilion at the palace with a thatched roof. On my second visit to the area, the rather tall grassy plants had been cut down as if it had been harvested.

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