We happened to see a man outside the Blue House in some sort of silent demonstration. He looked like a learned man or professor. And a group of cute school girls were also snapping photos of the Blue House. Nearby at the heart of Seoul city, was Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). One of five palaces in Seoul, it has a 600 year history. Inside the Palace was a hall surrounded by the lake, called Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, which is the largest elevated pavilion in Korea. It is a hall used to hold important and special state banquets during the Joseon Dynasty. It is a considered Korea's national treasure.
Gyeongbokgung Palace is huge, 5.4 million square feet. It was so huge that we only managed to visit Geunjeongjeon (Throne Hall), the main hall, where the King held inquiries and received foreign envoys. No time to visit the remaining 16 different buildings or Halls.
I took pictures with this bunch of Korean girls dressed in their traditional hanbok. There were many school children who were on excursions too, as the park outside the musuem was filled with kids picnicking under the trees. The kids were so adorable looking, with chubby pinkish cheeks. And the lady on the extreme right was the leading performer in a cultural dance we watched. I managed to pose with her as well. I swear she looked prettier and definitely more charming in person.