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.
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.)
The guard leader shouted, the guards marched, and the drummer beat his drum right before the music started up again.
The drum resounded throughout the square, but, sadly, my video clip doesn’t do it justice:
In other news: I want those boots.