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When I returned to Korea, among the things I was happy to do again was to take a walk through Gyeongbokgung, the largest of the palaces in Seoul. I loved seeing Bukhansan, the mountain behind it, all in full color. It was Hangeul Day, a day when Koreans essentially celebrate the making of their alphabet, and families and friends were strolling about.

HeLLO Bukhansan!

HeLLO Bukhansan!

One little step at a time.

One little step at a time.

Hanboks on the left, superheroes on the right.

Hanboks on the left, superheroes on the right.

Lovely Korean architecture

Lovely Korean architecture

Great to see you again.

Great to see you again.

Check out my first memories of it here last year.

It was a lovely day.

(Seoul)—In Gwanghwamun Square today, I came across a snow bear in front of the statue of King Sejong, under whose reign science and technology flourished in Korea. In his rule, Hangul was also introduced to the country.

A snow bear in front of Sejong the Great

A snow bear in front of Sejong the Great

Up close, the bear is decorated with flowers for ears, cookies for eyes, a glove for his neck and a traffic cone for a hat.

Yes, the hat is a traffic cone

Yes, the hat is a traffic cone

Flowers for its nose and ears, cookies for its eyes, and a glove for its neck

Flowers for its nose and ears, cookies for its eyes, and a glove for its neck

Behind King Sejong is Gwanghwamun, one of the gates that leads to Gyeongbokgung, the main palace of the Jeoson dynasty. The mountain behind it is Bukhansan.

Gwanghwamun by night

Gwanghwamun by night

It’s such a pretty sight in the evening, isn’t it?