More from Korea

OK, some more photos from Korea.

I took advantage of an offer from the Canadian Craft Federation, a tour offered by MimiHolidaysInc … excellent service. We were met at the airport and escorted to our hotel in downtown Seoul. The hotel was right in the middle of the historic district, between the two major palaces, center of government of Korea since the 1400’s.
Changdeopkgung

Second Gate to Changdeokgung Palace

Second Gate to Changdeokgung Palace

Heating of these buildings is by hypocaust … radiant floor heating. The fireplace is outside the building in the foundation.

Fires were build under the building at Changdeokgung

Fires were build under the building at Changdeokgung

and the smoke travels around under the floor, goes underground and comes out a chimney on a neighboring building of lesser importance:

chimney in a building of lesser importance exhausts smoke from central palace heating

chimney in a building of lesser importance exhausts smoke from central palace heating

The Gyeongbokgung, grandest and largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty is a Unesco designated site for the way the construction harmonizes with the lay of the land.

Gyeongbokgung buildings, constructed in harmony with the slope of the land

Gyeongbokgung buildings, constructed in harmony with the slope of the land

We visited the National Folk Museum of Korea, amazing pieces of ramie, their textile of choice, and woven shoes.

Korean straw shoes

Korean straw shoes

We took in the Seoul Tower on Mt Namsan, which gives a birds eye view of Seoul

view of Seoul from Mt Namsan tower

view of Seoul from Mt Namsan tower

It seems Korean television is watched all over Asia. An episode recently aired featured a couple who attach a padlock to the fence at the base of the Seoul tower and throw the keys over the precipice. The response to this has resulted in thousands of couples from all over asia coming to the Seoul tower to also declare their undying love for each other:

padlocks on the fence at the base of the Seoul tower

padlocks on the fence at the base of the Seoul tower

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