One of our guest writers has been taking pictures here and there of Korea. He has spent the evening at Changgyeonggung Palace and wrote about it in his own perspective.
Even now, after a whole year of my stay in Korea, sometimes I see the same things and the same places again at a different perspective, this new look makes me fall in love once again. Koreans’ never fading desire to preserve their culture and traditions keeps surprising me all the time. Even now, they are working so hard working towards a high tech first class country in the world. ?One can never get bored or tired in Korea with all these round year festivals as well as never be fulfilled because they have endless things to show.
In October, for a certain period of time (1st to 16th) the palace in Jongno-gu was opened to visitors at night to observe the exclusive nighttime view. So, I took the opportunity to visit Changgyeonggung Palace (창경궁) at night. Though it was my 3rd visit, it still felt like my first because of the different atmosphere at night. I felt like I appeared in a new world of calmness and magic. The dimmed lights of the palace was in harmony with moonlight put me into a time machine back to the old times of Chosan dynasty; when there were kings and queens, no motorcars and electronics but nature and beauty, peaceful environment all across the land of the morning calm. The palace was so well organized, though it was open for only a few days and few hours a night it was full of visitors.
Coming from a 3rd world country, this kind of preservation with full monitoring and control of authority is rare for me. One can surely say that this palace will stay as it is for hundreds of years because of the respect and honor of the Korean people have towards their traditions.? Dark roads and dimmed lights from Hanok made me forget that I am in Seoul where the city never sleeps. It’s an amazing experience that you can never get from anywhere else.