The Haechi of Seoul – Gwanghwamun Plaza

6 10 2009

Recently the area in front of Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul has been turned from a 12 lane road into a vast public space, Gwanghwamun Plaza. The old statue of King Sejong is still here, but now is part of a fountain structure.

King Sejong and his Fountians

On a nice hot day, the kids go crazy running around, trying to avoid the water and usually failing.

Upwards Rain?

Strut in those fountains boy

The plaza itself contains more than just the fountains. It is also a vast public exhibition space, both above ground and underground.

Gwanghwamun Plaza

Currently they are exhibiting the Haechi of Seoul. The Haechi is a mythical beast that once protected the palaces of Seoul. Now it is the latest tourist face of the city. They have put at least 20 differently decorated Haechi statues out as an art exhibit. Similar in concept to the decorated cows that were in many cities over the last few years, these seem to have more of a sense of fun.

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26 10 2009
andy

An interesting blog and great pics. That camera was certainly worth the money. Re the statues at Gwangwhamun, the first one is General Lee Sun Shin an important person in Korean History, in defeating the Japanese he won 23 out of 23 battles and is thought to be an embodiment of Korean pride and spirit. The new statue opened on oct 9th and is of King Sejong.
Enjoying the blog, keep them coming.

26 10 2009
ootsmchaggis

Thanks mate, always nice to hear if people like my pics. Its just a hobby but its what I enjoy.

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