Seoul, South Korea
Changgyeong Palace was designed as a residence for elders of the royal family to live. Every palace compound has a stream purposely built inside of it. The stream is deamed necessary because it is said to create a harmony with the mountains behind the palace compound. The Changgyeong Palace stream is called Okcheon. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees blossom around the stream each spring.
One of the most important ceremonies in Joseon was the king's marriage. The ceremony took place in the royal audience hall where 66 year old Yeongjo married 15 year old Queen Jeongsun in 1759.
The hemispheric sundial was one of the most widely used astronomical devices. It was invented in 1434.
Taesil are shrines where the royal family stored the placenta and umbilical cord of their children. The stone monument is inscribed with a story about the placenta.
When we left the immediate grounds of the palace, we had to laugh the the police officer giving a ticket to a delivery guy on his bike.
To end the day, we went to Itaewon to have some Indian food. The hummus there was the best I have ever had!