Friday, January 11, 2013

Seoul, Korea: Guard Parade


 Just inside the gate of Gwanghwamun I saw this parade of guards in the traditional uniforms of the past.

 The choice of bold colors and the banner made to look like it is on fire would definitely stand out on the mountain side. What a way to announce your presences.

 You  can see which colors were favored by the courts.

 At first I thought this was a mural of two horses, but now that I see it again I'm thinking they're dragons.

 Doesn't it look more like a dragon? It has the spiny back and the bushy beard and tail. Then there's the flame like wings coming out of its flank. Or is a mix of different creatures?