|We meet again, Deoksugung Palace!|
This is Daehanmun Gate, the main gate of the palace.
|Yue with the guards, prior to the ceremony.|
|Patiently waiting for the ceremony to start.|
|Marching towards the gate.|
|Musicians with traditional musical instruments.|
|The guards, with their weapons.|
|Everybody in position.|
Supervised by a government official, the guards exchange passwords for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony comes next, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and then capped by a closing march or the so-called 'patrol'.
Towards the end of the ceremony, the palace staff removed the ropes that cordoned the ceremony area and ushered us spectators towards the guards for photo ops. Yue, who was so impressed by the ceremony, became even more excited when he heard that he can take photos with the royal guards.
The ceremony, which lasts for more or less thirty minutes, is a must-see for tourists. Here's a snippet, just to give you an idea of how awesome this experience was.
|This man was very friendly, he called Yue towards him and said 'Here, picture!"|
|Who's your granddaddy? :)|
|Everybody with their game faces on.|
|He was the only guy in the troop who smiled for the camera. :)|
|I think Yue has found a new profession. Haha!|
|Yue and the Royal Guards.|
And no, you do not need to buy tickets to watch this performance. You will only need tickets if you wish to enter the palace grounds, which we did.
|Yue in the Palace (again)!|
Inside Deoksugung Palace after the jump!