On our way to Gyeongbok Palace Josh and I walked by the Gwanghwamun Station area. In this area you can find large statues of Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong. After taking picture in front of King Sejong Josh found an entrance behind the statue to an underground museum dedicated to Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong. We briefly walked around and took in some knowledge before leaving. The statues themselves are quite striking, we didn’t get up close to the Admiral but driving by him in a cab you could feel his presence, it feels like he is guarding all of Seoul. King Sejong is the king that developed the Korean written language of hangul. He created a language so that all people could learn and read since Chinese characters were more difficult to learn and required schooling that many could not afford. I think he did a pretty good job, Josh and I both learned to read in hangul pretty quickly…we just need to get to work on the speaking part.
Our main goal of the day was to get to Gyeongbok Palace but we are definitely going to visit the Admiral and King again to spend more time learning in the museum.