Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Travel Seoul Haiku - Gyeongbokgung (Old Main Palace)

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
reflected from the water
the pavilion in cheers

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
a cheerful place to hide a
a five clawed dragon

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
stout and strong pillars
dance away in the water

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
guide says the water was once home to
a secret five clawed dragon

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion was where the Korean royalaty entertained foreign guests before the country fell to the Japanese in 1910. As Korea was a protectorate of China in the past, it refrained itself from using a five claw dragon as symbol for the royalty. This is because the five clawed dragon symbolised the Chinese emperor. Pheonix symbols were instead used throughout the palace. Dragons are limited to four clawed ones. However one five clawed dragon was found at the lake below Gyeonghoeru Pavilion during an excavation.

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