Sunday, May 25, 2008

Palace Guard Procession

I have seen the changing of the guard ceremony at the Deoksu and Gyeongbok palaces several times, but this was the first time that I had seen the guards and musicians parading through downtown Seoul. At periodic intervals the musicians would begin to play (loudly), while marching, which made the parade even more stirring.

5 comments:

Kris McCracken said...

They are some very colourful robes that they’re wearing there!

Murphy_jay said...

Hi Phil.. I have seen them when I was in Seoul. They were marching from CityHall to Deoksugung.

Phil_O'Logus said...

Hi murphy_jay. City Hall is directly opposite Deoksugung. Although they ended up at the Deoksu Palace, these guys had marched for a considerable distance along the top of Cheonggyecheon. Cheers...

kenziekylanmom said...

Wow very colorful. Are they Hanboks? We just took my kids out to have their photos made in their new hanboks but these look different maybe they are just a uniform or something.

Phil_O'Logus said...

Hi kenziekylanmom. I am told by my Korean informants that Hanbok literally means Korean dress (or costume), so it can be applied generally to the traditional clothing worn by civilians and military personnel. However, technically, the term "kunbok" should be applied to the latter group to which the palace guards would probably fall into. Cheers...