|The Changgyeonggung at Seoul on a grey, gloomy, rainy day|
|The beautiful patterns on the gate of the Changgyeonggung palace.|
|The huge door of the Eastern gate of the Changgyeongung. It reminds me of the huge Temple doors in South India.|
|The Forbidden stream in the Changgyeong palace.|
According to Feng Shui principles, the best place for a palace is with a stream in the front and with the mountains in the back. Hence the artificial stream was built in the entrance of the palace.
|The Haechi is a mythical animal which is a guardian of justice which could distinguish between the good and evil and also said to protect the palace.|
Haechi is now the mascot of Seoul. It is a mythical animal which is a part lion and part dragon. I am reminded very much of the stone “Yaalli” protecting the Temples!
|Haechi, the mascot of Seoul|
|Another protection symbol- The Phoenix|
|The beautiful roof of the palace with protective images atop. The first one from the right is the Monk and the second is the Monkey king.|
|Graceful inclinations of the palace roof|
|All important structures in a palace had this bucket of water to ward away the “Evil Fire”.|
|Beautiful patterns on the palace.|
|Patterns on the roof of the Changgyeong palace|
|Beautiful throne with the uniquely Korean painting of the important symbols. 5-mountains, with the sun and moon, waterfalls and pine trees.|
The beautiful painting is an important Korean artefact denotes the Yin and Yan and is also found on the Korean 10,000won bill.
|Ondol is the floor heating with hot water pipes which is the prevalent home-heating method in Korea.|
|Garden in the Changgyeong gung, close to the botanical garden|
|Artificial lake in the Changgyeong gung.|