|Interior of the exterior gate|
Back to the rest of my travel log:
Suwon also includes a "Temporary Palace" meant as a retreat for the King during crisis as well as a place to stay when the original builder came to Suwon to pay his respects as his father's tomb.
|Approaching the palace from the street.|
|A view down into the palace from the hill.|
|A selection of flags/banners in the first courtyard.|
|One of the major buildings inside the compound. (Upper right on map below)|
|A metal diorama of the compound set up just outside the main gate.|
|The primary meeting area with a throne area overlooking the interior courtyard.|
|Doors leading to the small living chambers inside the palace.|
There was also a display of military dress for soldiers and officers.
|Helmets and uniforms|
|A small cannon|
|Examples of the military spears, pikes and tridents. Note the tassels used to confuse/distract the opponent.|
|Some banner poles and pennants|
One of the walls inlcuded a long scroll showing the Kings escorts when he moved out from the capitol. I took several snapshots for inspiration in painting units for the earlier Imjin War period.
There is a museum located just down the street from the palace. There were several mock-ups of older construction equipment used in the creation of the fortress itself.
|Wheel and axle structure for the modelers out there|
|Block and tackle system.|
Overall an interesting tour possibility. If I ever get a chance to return to Korea, I really want to visit Gang-Wa Island near Inchon.