Friends by the Pond
Last Saturday my class of elementary schoolteachers and I went to Deoksugung
, where we had a wonderful time! As I promised in my earlier post on this palace, here are some photographs of this wonderful place. The picture above shows most of my adult students (some weren't there, that day) in front of the pond. The palaces here usually have a pond or miniature lake in them.
In the next picture, you can see my adult students at the foot of the stutue of King Sejong, the king who commissioned the invention of Hangul, the Korean alphabet, about half a millennium ago. He holds a large book that reflects his status as the patron and originator of literacy in this country. It's quite fitting that my "students," who are themselves teachers, should be pictured under his tutelage. There was a shot taken by a passerby that had me in it, too, but that picture cut off the top of the statue, unfortunately.
The Statue of King Sejong
The next picture shows the throneroom. This is the building that had the beautiful screen behind the throne, a small replica of which hangs on my wall. Notice the distinctive roof, which slopes down, out, and up; this is a characteristic feature of many monumental traditional Korean buildings. In the foreground are my wonderful students, and to the left, behind the throneroom, is a large building with a neo-classical facade that serves as a highly interesting museum on Korean history.
The Throneroom in Deoksugung
Another fantastic group photograph! The lady in front, Sun, is wearing hanbok
, beatiful traditional Korean clothing. I am a huge fan of hanbok
, and think it the most beautiful clothing I have ever seen. More women wear it than men, and it is common for children to wear it at traditional holidays.
This next picture shows a building that is rather unique in Korean architecture of the Joseon period (approx. 1600-1900 AD) in that it has two stories. A queen was imprisoned here, and a king was "reprimanded," here, according to the sign.
A Two- storied Building
This last picture shows the beauty of autumn, and of Sun, the lady in the traditional clothing. I had wanted to take another picture of Sun in her hanbok
underneath this tree, and one of my students hurried me into the picture, too. So, here we are.
UPDATE, Dec. 12th: One of my students, Young Hye, recently emailed several pictures of our field trip to Deoksugung. She took great delight in throwing leaves up in the air, and in photographing them as they came down! I was directed to do likewise, and here is one of the pictures she took with her excellent camera.
This post is dedicated to all the members of my adult class, in recognition of their graciousness.
And, my thanks to: Mom, Dad, Sylvia, Youngjin, Rob, and Brian for their emails!