Exploring Seoul…Gwanghwamun Station

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.

King Sejong

King Sejong

Another picture of King Sejong, he also makes an appearance on the 1,000 won

Another picture of King Sejong, he also makes an appearance on the 1,000 won

Sitting like a pair of royals on this throne

Sitting like a pair of royals on this throne

Cops taking pics around the station

Cops taking pics around the station

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.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Exploring Seoul…Gwanghwamun Station

  1. Jeremy Coker says:

    Really enjoying all of your pictures and stories. I’m so glad you guys are getting out and exploring as much as you are. Amazing stuff. I’m thinking about developing my own language now. 🙂

    Like

    • thesockmonkeyproject says:

      Haha, I think Josh and I forget how much we do so its nice to look back at old blogs and bring back all the memories. And seriously, if you have the time why not develop a new language…or learn Korean, it takes maybe 2 weeks and you can read pretty fluently…

      Like

      • Jeremy Coker says:

        🙂 Very cool. I would actually like to learn sign language. I’ve wanted to do that for a very long time….. just gotta get around to it.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s