Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Arriving shortly after the palace opened for the day, the freshly fallen snow blanketed the entire grounds. A single shoveled path led early visitors to the different buildings and areas. The rooftops were especially beautiful, their ripples accentuated by the snow. Farther away from the main areas, the inner courtyard between buildings remained untouched. The sun struggled to peek through the grove of  pine trees, the early morning light casting long shadows from the heavy-laden branches. So very peaceful.

The pavilion was a magnet for photographers. Older Koreans, all decked out from head to toe in name-brand outdoor gear, sported pricey SLRs hanging from their necks or mounted on tripods. Some were dangerously close to the edges of the thinly-iced pond, eager to get the best view. Younger generations happily snapped photos with their cell phones, alternating shots with messaging. Despite the number of people, this area still retained its tranquility. 
I felt so fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the palace in its winter glory. God seemed to be blessing the day, keeping the temperatures very doable and even opening up some blue skies at times. What a great way to spend a snow day. 


Melissa said...

Just stumbled upon your blog today. I was in Seoul over a decade ago, but I have such wonderful memories of visiting the palaces there. I really enjoyed your photos and post. Thanks!

Melissa Enderle said...

Thank you Melissa for your comment. I'm pleased that my photos and writing helped bring back wonderful memories of Seoul. The palaces are some of my favorite sights of Seoul so far. Viewing it in the different seasons is pleasurable. Can't wait for spring now!