Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 8, 2017 National Palace Museum

Our office elders showed us how Korean children wish Happy New Year to their elders.  Then they expected some gifts!

We had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) this week with Zone Training the following day.  After the training, we went to help some sisters move into their new apartment.

We had several sets of elders and some members from the ward, so the move went quite fast.

We walked to the Costco after the move and let the other senior couple take the van so they could get ready for the addiction recovery group.

I wondered what Pigeon scent was??  It's actually a rose scent, not like a dirty bird.

We got these sodas with our lunch.  Can you read this?

On Friday, we went out to visit three of the missionaries' apartments to do some repairs.  We were wandering around a bit looking for the sister's place which we had been to before, but we came from a different direction.  Then we noticed a church with no cross on the steeple.

Hmmm.  Looks like a Mormon building.

It was!  The sisters came and found us and we were all OK.

The weather has been nice, so on Saturday we went to the National Palace Museum of Korea.  We were headed to a different museum, but the street was blocked off by police buses, so we went to this museum instead.  These turtles are stamps on the bottom.  Official seals or signatures for the royals.

This is the genealogy of the king.  That would be hard to index!

This is a serpent or dragon head that was on the roof of a palace.

They had some amazing royal costumes.


And back

This carving was used as a pattern for the medallions on the gowns.

This is a wedding gift wrap with two phoenix birds in the center.  It is called a bok.  Which means, tied up gift of good luck.  The dresses are called han boks which are also tied???

Beautiful hair ornaments

These are pieces of wood to show how the roof supports are made for the palace.

These braces fit inside the holes to hold it together.

You just have to put the pieces together like Lincoln Logs.

How about these cool cars.  This is a 1907 Cadillac.

Now the slaves don't have to carry them around any more in this.

They had some neat musical instruments.  This is a tiger shaped wooden scraper.  The stick is rubbed on the back to make noise.

Very colorful drum


Jade or granite chimes.  See the duck feet?  Since jade is not affected by temperature and humidity, it is used as the tuning standard for traditional Korean instruments.  Who knew?

This is a restoration of a water clock.  The water is regulated to cause it to chime.  When the water reaches a certain level, a ball is released that hits a lever and rings the clock.  The bell rings every two hours, a drum every 90 minutes and a gong rings every 20 minutes.

This is a screen of the sun, moon, and five peaks that was placed behind the king's throne as a symbol of royal authority.

So, my photos are not the best, but if you want to see better views, you can go to and see some good photos.

The protest did not last as long last night.  It was only loud for a little while.

At church today, one brother told about his mission to the Philippines.  He was excited that one of our elders in our branch is from a family he worked with on his mission 15 years ago!  How in the world?

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