Changing of the Guard, South Korea

At the end of my visit to Gyeongbokgung, Jonathan and I saw some flags being carried through the main square by people wearing traditional Korean clothing. We rushed over, even though neither Jon nor I had any idea what was going on. Once we saw the swords and heard the music, we cleverly deduced that this was probably a changing of the guard ceremony.

Colorful Flags at the Changing of the Guard, Gyeongbokgung Palace
January 26, 2013

The music was amazing: lilting, dramatic, minor key awesome-ness. (And! I had a much better view here than of the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.)

Drummer in the band, changing the guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace
January 26, 2013

Video proof:

The guard leader shouted, the guards marched, and the drummer beat his drum right before the music started up again.

Drummer at the ready, Gyeongbokgung Palace
January 26, 2013

The drum resounded throughout the square, but, sadly, my video clip doesn’t do it justice:

In other news: I want those boots.

changing the guard, Gyeongbokgung Palace
January 26, 2013
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One thought on “Changing of the Guard, South Korea”

  1. Despite the authenticity of the whole thing, it is fortunate that it was not an invasion by North Koreans.

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