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  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:Asia / East / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:원코스/1 Course/一路行/ワンコース
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:100
  • eBook ISBN:9791195169917

1 Course Gyeongbokgung: Shinsu(sacred animal) Expedition

Meet dragon, Pheonix and Haetae in the center of Joseon's greatest palace

by 삐급여행 Badventure (조명화 Jo MyeongHwa)

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★ Did you know that Haechi, the imaginary animal that stands guard at Gwanghwamun, is the official honorary ambassador of City Seoul? And there are other Shinsu’s (sacred animals) that present you with real-time live shows: Tianlu that protects Geumcheon Stream and Yeongjegyo, the starfish of Amisan Garden, the twin dragons on the ceiling of Geunjeongjeon and the 12 sacred animals of the Chinese Zodiac and the four spirits that protect Gyeongbokgung Palace. How about joining us for a Shinsu expedition with the very first guidebook to the sacred animals of Gyeongbokgung? ★ Publication right ★ Table of Contents ☆ 1point Gyeongbokgung Palace: the center of Joseon's five great palaces ☆ 1point Gyeongbokgung Palace Map ☆ Shinsu Expedition: Chase the sacred animals in Gyeongbokgung! ☆ Gwanghwamun Haechi: Official honorary ambassador of City Seoul ☆ Geumcheongyo Seosu: Begone evil spirits! ☆ Geunjeongjeon Hall Phoenix: From the symbol of Joseon to the symbol of the Blue House ☆ Gyeonghoeru Pavilion Twin Dragon: Tell your wish! ☆ Amisan starfish: Fire in my heart ☆ Amisan moontoad: In the name of moonlight, I shall not forgive you ☆ The Ten Traditional Symbols of Longevity in Jagyeongjeon Hall: The dream of immortality that even the Qin Shi Huang could not achieve ☆ Ilwolobongsando in Geunjeongjeon Hall: A place where even the King became a part of the painting ☆ The 12 sacred animals of the Chinese Zosiac and the four spirits of four cardinal directions: the Joseon version of presidential guard ☆ The pigeon attack incident: mesh under the eaves instead of bush ☆ 1point Gyeongbokgung Palace vs. the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (The Forbidden City) ★ 테마여행신문 Theme Travel News
☆ Shinsu Expedition: Chase the sacred animals in Gyeongbokgung! Dragons, unicorns, red horses, elves... These mysterious words seem to invite us into the world of fantasy. What kind of images come across your mind this very moment? Some of you might be thinking of game characters, others might call into mind Chinese classics such as Journey to the West or History of Three States. State-of-the-art games and such classics, although existing respectively at the extremes of a time span of thousands of years, are not such an awkward combination to the modern people. Why is that so? There could be many reasons that explain the modern day reception of them, and one of them could be that 'story' holds a powerful charm that is very close to human nature. The nature of enjoying stories and imparting meaning to various events, even to mere trifles, has not particularly changed for human beings, from the primitive men who drew murals in caves millions of years ago to the 21st century elementary school children. That is why we are fascinated by the universe of 'Star Wars', infatuated with the battles in History of Three States, and fall for 'The Lord of the Rings' despite the fact that our countries, languages, and times differ from one another. Stories are bound to have numerous characters, including winners and losers, main and marginal characters, leaders and followers, who engage in or break off from diverse relationships that are accidental, inevitable, tied by human relation, vengeful or marked by gratitude. These diverse relationships expand and reproduce multiple plots that lead to happy or sad endings. Among numerous stories in this world, there was a particular kind of stories that fascinated me. They were stories about animals, and especially those that involved 'imaginary animals.' Gwanunjang rode on his Red Horse, named thus for its red flaming furs and the ability to run (or rather flew) thousands of miles overnight. The turtle (in The Tale of the Snapping Turtle) went after the rabbit to get its liver although he had no personal use for it. And the magpies (in The Tale of Magpies who Returned a Kindness) sacrificed themselves to ring the bell! I am sure I am not the only person who is rather moved and delighted by these stories instead of being merely interested by them. However, I found that there are subtle differences in the form these imaginary animals are presented depending on times and cultural spheres. Let's take the example of the dragon. which appears in both the Eastern and Western cultures. Except for the commonality of dragons from both cultural spheres taking a snake as a motif, there is a fundamental difference between the Western dragon and the Eastern dragon: the former has wings to fly, which the latter is presented as a perfect creature that can fly even without wings. Another significant difference is that the Western dragon is an evil creature and one that needs to be conquered, while the Eastern dragon summons rain and is depicted as an almighty creature that grants people's wishes. Likewise, the unicorn from the Western culture, which is admired by many girls, and the Eastern 'Cheollima' that runs a thousand miles overnight are both imaginary horses but are essentially different characters. As I am sure you will readily agree, these animals, while being ‘imaginary’, have stronger presence than may historic figures or heroes you may name. These ‘imaginary animals’ outlasted even some religions, still living among us in the form of legends or lores at this very moment. I don’t have to mention that they are used as symbols of various sport teams and heroes of various TV shows and films, do I?(...)
About the author
★ 삐급여행 Badventure (조명화 Jo MyeongHwa) Currently, Theme Travel News editor/ travel writer Former member of Sales & Marketing Department, Vietnam Airlines Korean Branch ☆ Books by the author Campus Project 2 《Have your own campus》 2013 Campus Project 1 《March out of the campus》 2010 Train Project 《1 course New Bundang Line》 2012 Bus Project 《An overnight city-tour family trip》 2011 Walk Project 《1 course Deoksugung: The Man who Became the Emperor》 2013 and many more