It was back to Camp Kim to meet our guide from the USO/Koridoor Tours. We hopped into a mini van to Sagik Park.
The kings from the Joseon Dynasty came here to pray for a good harvest. The dynasty spanned from 1392 to the Japanese invasion in 1910.
The king walked along the raised center track. To the left, the military general. To the right, the scholar.
Yi I (이이 李珥, December 26, 1536 – 1584) was one of the two most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty.
His mother, Shin Saimdang (申師任堂, October 29, 1504 – May 17, 1551) was an artist and writer. The guide referred to her as the "mother of Korea".
Climbing the steps behind the statues, we came to the Dangun Shrine. From Wikipedia (which matches what the guide explained),
Dangun Wanggeom, or Tangun, was the legendary founder of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom, around present-day Liaoning,Manchuria, and the Korean Peninsula. He is said to be the "grandson of heaven", and to have founded the kingdom in 2333 BC.
This link provides a detailed account of Dangun as the "founder of Korea".
We climbed further above the city to the fortress wall. From Discovering Korea (at this link),
First constructed in 1396 – just five years after King Taejo founded the Joseon Dynasty – the earthen wall was built to join the ridge lines of the four small mountains that surrounded Seoul proper –Namsan (남산) in the south, Inwangsan (인왕산) to the west, Naksan (낙산) to the east, and Bugaksan (북악산) in the North. Although much of the oldSeoul Fortress wall has been torn down, significant portions remain and others are being rebuilt.
Asian culture appreciates living things, such as trees. The Japanese tried to break the spirit of the Koreans by cutting down many of their trees. The above tree was spared - it is 600 years old.
The Salvation Army serves around the world, including Korea!
We visited the home of beloved composer Hong Nan-pa (April 10, 1897 – August 30, 1941).
We had to leave our outdoor shoes at the door and wear indoor slippers.
We followed the fortress wall into the city, passing by an intriguing cafe ...
... and the Seoul Museum of Art.
The ceremony included one official drumming ...
... and another official chanting.
The ceremony also included a band!
My family and our guide (right) posed with the official with the biggest sword.
These officials made themselves available for photos.
Our guide took us to a changing tent ... and viola, Chris and Andrew are now generals from a lost dynasty. And the band marched into the palace.
Tomorrow's adventure - Gyeongbokgung Palace, primary residence of the Joseon Dynasty.
Kim in Korea