Friday, November 29, 2013

Meeting with King Jeongjo: Part 3 - Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

[As a part of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), I'm posting here once a day during November.  Today is Day 29. ]

Last weekend I went on a cultural trip to Suwon, put on by the Korean Culture and Information Service.  I've already written about these parts of the trip:

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We left the Hwaseong fortress and walked down the street to the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.  On the short walk, we passed an awesome mural on a building wall.  It wasn't until we crossed the street that I could see it was so much more fantastic than I'd originally thought.


While waiting for the "bus 1" group to meet us outside of the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, we got to see what appeared to be a dress rehearsal of a young boy walking on a high tightrope.  It was so impressive!  I can't believe he was wearing jeans.


At one point he did jump, let the rope catch him in his crotch, and he bounced back up.  He also went from "sitting" on the rope (rope between legs), back to standing on the rope.  Have I mentioned that I was impressed?

Then we went into the palace.  After having seen two palaces in Seoul back in September, they kind of all look the same to me.  Lots of space outside with small buildings here and there that you can peek into through the windows but not enter:


Then we walked across a parking lot to have lunch nearby.  I spotted another interesting mural on the way:


It reminded me that I really need to re-watch E.T.!  I haven't seen it since I was young, and memories are fuzzy (but do include M&Ms and people wearing white dust suits walking through tubes of plastic).

Back to lunch.  It was delicious!  A typical Korean meal with numerous side dishes that everyone eats from directly with their chopsticks:


And then it was back to the bus.  Next stop: Yongju Temple!
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