This winter in Korea was one of the coldest and snowiest in the last 20 or 30 years. With temperatures frequently dropping below -10C (or 14F for our American friends), the streets of Seoul were often coated in powdery white snow that later became a deadly sheet of ice. The first day that it snowed when I was in Seoul, my parents and I decided to go to Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) to visit the palace in all its wintery splendour.
It was hard to take clear photographs because it was snowing so heavily! When we first got there, the snow was a thin layer on the ground, but by the time we left, the snow was already a couple of inches deep. My mother, who hadn’t seen snow in almost two decades, seemed to enjoy herself tremendously…but not as much as me!
I made a couple of mini-snowmen and left them around the palace grounds. This is snowman numero uno, left on the steps in front of the main entrance. I hope nobody stepped on him or knocked him over 😦
Gyeongbokgung during the winter is so much different from the summer. While during the summer, the palace and the gardens are full of bright primary colours, during the winter, everything is muted and quiet by the snow and chill. It felt almost sleepy in there.
Plants covered in snow.
Snowman numero dos. I tried to set him up on top of the garbage bins but…
Oh no! (Also, awesomely timed photo capturing the moment of his fall. RIP.)
Snow on the pine trees.