Friday, March 2, 2012

Seoul, South Korea

The palace precinct became a hallmark of the world's great cities from the earliest of times, and it seems to have been a primary element of urban landscapes everywhere in the world.  Seoul's Gyeongbok Palace dates back to the 1300s.  Don't dismiss it as a tourist attraction; it's a nation-building icon, infinitely more valuable to Koreans than to visitors.  [2000]

1 comment:

  1. Seen from the outside, the choice and use of building materials seem well balanced: stone (the platform), wood (the columns and beams) and clay (the ceramic tiles) appear to be used in equal proportions. This building appears to be extremely sturdy and gives an impression of equil;ibrium, stability and solidity.