Saturday, June 9, 2012

Changgyeong Palace - living in

It is easy to forget that the Changgyeong Palace (there are a number of different spellings) was actually a palace that was lived in. 

There are rooms for the King and the Queen to live in.

For what I saw there was a European influence - the writing cabinet AND the Asian influence - the mother of pearl furniture.

This is similar to the Chinpracha House in Phuket Old Town.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Changdeokgung Palace - Deajojeon Queen's residence.

The King and Queen lived in Changdeok Palace but they each had separate residences.

this is Daejo-jeon Hall
Deajojeon (or Daejo-jeon) is a building that has none of the ostentation that the previous buildings had - but we were unable to enter inside BUT still beautiful - how often does the roof get painted?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Changdeok Palace - Injeongjeon Palace

Injeongjeon Palace was a large building with two sets of Ranking Stones in front and was reached by walking through a specific gate - which can be seen in the photograph above.

"Injeongjeon Palace is also known as the Throne Room which was used for holding the most formal of state events such as audiences with ministers, coronation ceremonies and receptions of foreign envoys.  This hall may be smaller than it's Gyeongbok Palace counterpart but it is suitably dignified for it's function."
Text from their brochure

There is only one room inside, despite it looking like there are two floors, and there is the throne room inside which I would imagine would have looked stunning originally. I have to admit that the ceiling needs a little clean - but a wonderful place to visit.

On returning to Thailand I did find a website which allows you to investigate Cangdeok Palace and have a 360 degree view - here it is below.