Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tapgol Park

We took a trip to Tapgol Park in central Seoul. Here are some shots:

This stone monument was built at the Monument of Wongaksa Temple after the completion of a 13 story stone pagoda in 1467. The pagoda is gone, but this stone prop remains with recordings carved into the stone. The monument is almost 5 meters tall. The turtle is granite and the body and head stone are carved from one piece of marble.

I think it's an old man hangout spot under the pavilion.

This is the Wongaksa Pagoda. It's 12 meters tall and was built in 1467. It's the only surviving stone pagoda of the Joseon Dynasty. It's made of marble, which is strange in Korea. Pagodas are usually made of granite.

A few palm reading stands outside the park.

Some older men smoking and playing checkers.

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