Trip to Korea

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As we climbed the final ascent, this is what we saw! What are all these people doing here on a viewing deck? Actually this is a set up picture as Barbara is in the picture at the top, but other than that, that is pretty much the view we saw. It turns out that on the other side of the mountain there is an approved trail to get to the top of the mountain as well as a cable car that brings people up. Apsan peak. =0=
This is a picture of the cable car. 'What cable car?', you might say. The cable car is in the middle of this picture toward the bottom. While it looks quite tiny, it has about fifty people in it, all standing with no seats. There is only one support in the middle, so it is on a really long cable. There are two cars, one going up while the other is going down (perhaps allowing for the lack of supports along the way). The cable cars are only run on weekends and holidays. This was a weekend when we made the climb so we went down on the cable car. Apsan cable car. =0=
This is one of the views from Apsan. This is in the direction of Song So (the satellite station), though I don't think you can see it. Also, it is a pretty good picture of Camp Walker with the air strip (and grass and trees). If you follow the road down the center of the picture, you can see Camp Henry, the other major U.S. facility in Daegu. It was much more congested than Camp Walker and had most of the administrative functions for Daegu area. Camp Walker and Camp Henry. =0=
This is the view of the main section of Daegu (with Camp Walker along the right). In this picture you can see both of the houses we stayed at, though it is really not very relevant as they are just tiny tile roofs. Daegu. =0=
We also took an excursion to the Korean Folk Village (just south of Seoul). It is a recreation of traditional Korean structures and lifestyles, similar to Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. We went on a tour on an Army bus. Bus to Korean Folk Village. =0=
This is the entrance gate to the Korean Folk Village. It is built to look like a traditional structure with a thatch roof, but I suspect that is a normal asphalt tile roof with thatch put over it. This is where you would pay the admission price. Entrance to Korean Folk Village. =0=
Just after we entered we saw a traditional wedding party. This would the groom to be on the mule. All are in traditional dress. Groom of wedding party. =0=
This is a closer view of the groom with the drummers who are resting at the end of their route. There is also the person caring the traditional wedding chest. Behind them (not shown) would be the bride in a pavillion being carried by four men. Groom of wedding party. =0=
This the entrance gate to the recreation of the Emperor's Palace. By 1aw this would be the largest, tallest, and finest gate permitted. Any lord's palace gate would have to be smaller and not so grand. In turn, within each province no one could have a gate quite as impressive as the lords. Gate to Emperor's Palace. =0=
The palace was divided into various sections. In the center would be the formal meeting area where guests were entertained and such. To the left would be the women's section (shown here) where only women and eunichs were allowed. If the Emperor wanted to visit this section, he would have to ask the permission of the Queen, his wife (OK, so one man was sometimes allowed). Women's section. =0=
On the opposite side of the palace was the men's section and the Emperor's house (where he actually lived) was just in front of that. I am not sure what part of the palace is, but it might be the formal center section. Emperor's Palace. =0=
This is another section of the palace, perhaps the Emperor's house. Inside there were to men playing a board game (wouldn't that be a cool job)! Emperor's Houce. =0=
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