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A Night in the Old Palace is More Beautiful than a Night in Seoul

Although the five old palaces in Seoul have been a great background for a history filled with ups and downs, the centre of it all is Gyeongbok Palace. At sunset, the gates had always been closed, but since October 2012, they already started opening it at night.

The statue of Yi Sun-sin in Gwanghwamun Square.

I bumped into Admiral Yi Sun-Sin on the way to Gyeongbok Palace. The reflected image on the wet floor is due to the stream of water.

Watching the sunset over Gyeongbok Palace and the great late afternoon sky is coloured orange, which kept my fingers busy as I kept pushing the buttons of my LC-A before I entered into the palace.

Beside the dim light in Gyeongbok Palace.
People surrounding Kyonghoeru, can you see?

People parked their tripods at the so-called ‘perfect spot’, there were lots of professional photographers waiting for the sky to get dark. It seems like the human wall surrounded Kyonghoeru. There were so many people that it was no big deal to wait to take a picture, there were even people quarreling to get a good spot.

Mt. Bugaksan and Kyonghoeru.

I scanned several spots and got an empty space with my LC-A on a tripod and took one picture.

Beautiful scenery at Kyonghoeru.

Kyonghoeru itself becomes the light and it gives us a beautiful appearance.

Kyonghoeru on the left side.

This is the picture I took when I went out of the “best spot” in Kyonghoeru, the twigs of Euonymus trapococus NAKAI and Pond are intermingled together and that looks so fabulous to me, how about you guys? You don’t have to get into an argument to get the best spot, you just need to find a nice spot for you to take a picture. It doesn’t have to be the same…all the pictures I mean. :)

On the way out from the Kyonghoeru.

But the best spot is still busy with people. I was loading another roll of film into my camera and headed towards Geunjeongjeon. Personally, I wanted to take a picture of an ancient place at night, in a black and white film, and I used ISO 400.

A vivid contrast of lighting and darkness is splendid than the coloured tone. For me, it feels like the pictures I took at night time are more attractive than the pictures taken during the day. Although I usually use colour film.

Another lomographer I walk around at nighttime with.

It is not a close-up shot, but I could feel the elegance of the traditional pattern of Geunjeongjeon in the background.

On the way out from Gyeongbok Palace, I saw a lot of people entering the place, that much, it is definitely a must to see the beautiful gleaming scenery of Gyeongbok Palace at night.

On the way out from Gwanghwamun.

As it opens at night, you can check out the floodgate officer ceremony, don’t miss out on this by thinking, ‘I can just see it during the day!’

At Gyeongbok Palace, for five days during spring and fall, they are open at night. The entrance fee is 3000 won. You can check out the ‘old palace concert’ too. It’s gonna be great to have a romantic night with the Korean classical music in the background!

In October, make sure to not miss out on the nighttime openings both in Changkyung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace. There’s also a moonlight tour at the Changkyung Palace in September and October. You can walk around the palace, stepping on the rustling fallen leaves. Of course, don’t forget Deoksugung Palace which will also be open at night.

written by mingkie and translated by alice_longstock

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The original version of this article is written in: 한국어.