We noticed that the Korean Palaces and temples seem to use a lot more vivid colour than the Japanese. Actually you can see it in the traditional clothing as well. While Kimono's can be all sorts of colours, they are not as consistently bright as Korean Han-bok. Actually the other day I had a student tell me that Korean Han-bok looked silly because it was so bright. Its interesting to note the animosity between the two groups of people. Obviously not everyone shares the same feeling, but their history is an obvious sore spot.
This is a picture of the ceiling of the interior of the Palace. The detail that goes into these buildings are amazing. It's also slightly dizzying....
Awwww. Ian made a new friend!!
The last few pictures here are from the night we got taken out for dinner (recall the story in our last post...). We were so happy simply with the area they took us to. Seoul seemed to have so much life. There are all these little 'niche' areas and there always seem to be people around. I imagine Tokyo must be more like that, and I know Osaka is. That is a disappointing part about Nagoya. It is so conservative, and everything closes at 11, which if you know either Ian or I at all, you would know we are night people, making this a very difficult thing to adjust to!
During the weekend, this area of Seoul is closed off the cars, so people just wander freely. They also happened to still have their Christmas decorations up, adding yet another level of excitement to the area. The funniest thing though, was this giant fake keyboard that ran from one end of the strip straight through to the other (a matter of many blocks). It was pretty cool though, and we entertained ourselves on it for a while.
Ok, sorry for the slightly abbreviated version of everything but I am trying to get all the Seoul pictures posted before we move and have another bunch to put up! Our official move date by the way is January 26th, and my last day at Nova is fast approaching (only 6 more actual work days!)
I will post more Seoul pictures in a day or so! Enjoy!