Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Asian Eyes' Korea - Blue House

The Blue House that housed
the President of South Korea
           Day 2 - Nov/18/12, 9.00 am: We walked from Cheongwadae Sarangchae museum area to the entrance of the Blue House that housed the President office, opposite Gyeongbokgung Palace. Security was tight with police officers being stationed every 10 metres. They were stern faced with a no-nonsense tolerance. They were very strict and do not allowed anyone to step inside the blue line on the five foot way opposite the entrance to the Blue House and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Sound of whistle blows can be heard every other minutes as the officers waved frantically to tourists/passer-by to move along and do not stop inside the blue line area. 
           The Blue House (or Cheongwadae in Korean),  is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. It is the equivalent to America's The White House.The Korean name literally translates to "pavilion of blue tiles." The entire complex covers approximately 62 acres. Unlike the Buckingham Palace in London, tourists were not allowed inside the Blue House. We had to make do with just snapping some pictures of the Blue House from a distance away at the entrance. Here are some pictures I took on that trip:

Colourful trees line outside the wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace captured along the way as we marched to the entrance of the Blue House.

Police officers were stationed at every 10 meters leading to the Blue House. They ensure security and smooth traffic flows, including pedestrians who must observe a very strict protocol when entering this area.
Fallen yellow leaves and flowers added an interesting aura to the ground.
More colorful leaves trees along the way, planted at the perimeters of Gyeongbokgung Palace.
The Blue House  against the backdrop of Bukhansan hill, as seen afar from the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The namesake was after the roof tiles which are blue.
This officer was very fierce and adamant that we obeyed him not to step inside the blue line zone on the five foot way. Another officer was stationed at the centre of the road to instruct traffic, outside the entrance to the Blue House.
A palace guard on duty at the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace opposite the Blue House.
More colorful trees waiting for us inside the palace perimeter.
Entrance into Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is a long walkway. 
Rebuild buildings lined along the entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace.
A lake provide serenity to the palace very large area.
Many trees were planted around the lakes that had a man-made island building in the center of the lake. The trees took on colorful display according to the season. It was end autumn/early winter season and the tree leaves displayed reddish tinge before it falls to the ground.
Little M was intrigued by the statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac sign outside Korea Folk museum building. Chinese culture had been very much infused into Korean culture that most elderly Korean still can write Chinese. A lot of teaching of Confucius and Buddhist are the same in both cultures.

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