Sunday, February 7, 2016
First time ever ...being able to see the old Seoul station at night when no one's around. Apart from that, I also learned that this station-museum had Van Gogh's works on display.
The night vista of the old station really warmed me up on my way to the nearest bus stop where I got to catch the 심야버스 or night bus. I just realized that this kind of bus is not allowed to operate around the station since lots of taxis are there...queuing up...waiting for the passengers.
Some snaps I took while walking aimlessly..at first. Shivering in minus 4 Celsius.
One particular wonder I noticed was..the brightest start at night..shining down on the earth. ㅋㅋㅋ
And then...I also learned about the bronze statue erected (in 2011) at the center of Seoul station plaza. This is a statue of Kang Woo-kyu (강우규), dubbed to be one of Korea martyrs who fought against Japanese colonialism in Korea.
Of course...Godot did come, eventually.^^
After one-hour long of experiencing an excruciating cold night at an open plaza around Seoul station, I had no options but to keep on walking away from the station where I could find the still-operating 심야버스 or night bus.
The positive side of being stranded at night was the fact that I could wander around the city with less people and cars..to see what it's like at night. This is 숭례문 or the famous Namdaemun Gate (The Great South Gate) of Seoul--once burnt down & now resurrected.
Ok...kept on walking until I found a bus-stop where I clearly could convince myself to stay put..and be patient..that the good things would come eventually...like the coming of the (K)night bus I was waiting and hoping for. Yup, like waiting for Godot. I felt like I knew it surely would come..but boy..the bus-interval really knocked me down.ㅋㅋㅋ
Had it not been so cold (minus 4 Celsius), I would've just fine...enjoying the night...being alone at the sidewalk..in Seoul. Though I knew where I was..but the feeling of being 'there' stranded...really got me shivering.
But..DID I enjoy it? Well. I SURELY DI ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
To my surprise, I was really enjoying my time 'waiting for GODOT'
It's an empty street of Seoul that kept me enjoying 'THE' experience.
I was going home from Ansan by subway..and later on found out that the train I was on....stopped at Sadang station which was still far away from home. So, got out of the subway station..trying to find the bus..only to find the only one bus no.502 heading towards Seoul Station transfer center. Okay..got it. Then...after about 20 minutes or so, I arrived at Seoul station...and luckily it was still opened..at about 01.20...I still had time to go inside and use the restroom^^..and boy..its' the first time ever that Seoul station was in its state of 'void' from people....^^
Yup...it's almost 01.30 am where the passengers gone..and no trains coming in or out of the station. It's a new feeling of being inside the busiest station in Seoul....with not many souls visible.
So..I took the chance to look around and take some snaps of it...while I could.^^
The people I saw were mostly the security in charge of keeping the station safe and sound.
Not a minute too soon...at about 01.30...there's an over-voice heard....asking us to exit from the station since it's going to be closed.
Yup, that's a new experience of being inside Seoul station...on Saturday, Feb.07,2016..when not many people were around.
To think that it's Seollal's holiday..!!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Before long, I saw a glimpse of what the office and other high-life furnitures were like inside the palace.
The hallway adjacent to the royal room seemed to show off an exquisite taste of its heyday.
Hmmmm...this is interesting. A cabinet? a desk? a working desk? Gee..I wished I'd had a tour guide while wandering inside the palace...
...with no guide whatsoever..I could only guess what they were used to be for....^^ But, I think it used to be a place where royal guests were entertained...
Another room showing off how the grandeur of its heyday was being shown upon.
Again...no other people were visible during my visit. It's a bit eerie...well, of course there were one of two..., but still...the stillness froze me away...
This is Seonjeongjeon 선정전 ...dubbed to be the only existing palace building with a blue-tiled roof.
Yup..it's blue, alright.
oops..this is not inside the palace. It's definitely OUTSIDE the palace....leading to Bukcheon Hanok Village....^^...which means one thing...I was oblivious that I was already outside the palace compound.*-*
...was ready to leave when I spotted another chimney to get myself drawn into.
Right..the sun was shyly shining behind the clouds...when I spotted a chimney...
...kept on walking through the hall over the hall...spread as far as I could see...
The roofs of this particular palace seemed to be the only roofs crammed in one palace..different from what I saw in other palaces in Seoul. I could be wrong, though...
But..boy..oh boy..this section in particular was the only spot that caught my attention far longer than the other sections in the whole palace.
I mean..I could enjoy the intricate designs, the ornaments, the colors, the laid bare red bricks ...the carving on the roof tiles...
This is quite something new for me..since I always thought that the color of red usually dot the whole palace...but I was apparently wrong.
The distinguishable colors of green, red, yellow, pink(?), black...indeed beautified this particular section at Changdeok Palace.
Who would've thought that I'd spent another 30-minute..and counting....again and again..in this particular spot at the palace.
That's nothing sort of new...considering myself as a chimney lover.^^
The quintessential ornament in any palace in Korea.
Blue skies with friendly clouds...accompanying me continuing my lone journey into the palace lot.