At the entrance of Deoksugung Palace we found some very colorfully dressed guards which we had to play around with a bit, of course. But these fake guards were as serious as the real guards outside of Buckingham Palace in London, and they remained statue like during the whole ordeal.
Inside the castle grounds we found a statue of King Sejong the Great the guy that invented Hangul, and who is also depicted on a 10,000 won bill. Hangul is the Korean writing script (with all those cute circles) that replaced the Chinese characters, which were too difficult to use for the common people to write down their Korean words and sounds.
The buildings reminded me a lot of Japanese buildings, just with a larger variation of colors, but one of the buildings didn’t look Asian at all. Jungwon told us it was on purpose, and that the building was influenced by the colonial style of early 19th century America. It looked quite out of place between all those old style Korean buildings.
These buildings were all inhabited by various Korean royalties until the Japanese ended it by occupying Korea at the turn of the twentieth century, and these days it’s just a tourist attraction. I’ve done a lot of sightseeing in Japan already and at some point these buildings all start to look alike and kind of stop being interesting. But all that doesn’t matter when you are there with the right people, that’ll make anything fun.