THis picture is a diagram of main palace. A fellow Korean history geek happened to have this picture on his blog.
What's left of Manwoldae Palace, the oficial royal palace, neglected and rotting away in true North Korean Fashion. Okay, maybe that's not entirely accurate, as they are heading a historical preservation project.
Model recreation of said palace at the Koryo Museum at Kaesong.
Oh my how wonderful. Thanks S. I love those photos--they look like old postcards (not the last one of the model of course).
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."
The tombs of King Gongmin and Queen Noguk in Kaesong. They are the only known king and queen to be buried next to each other in the history of Koryo dynasty. There is a hole between the two tombs inside so that the souls of Gongmin and Noguk can meet each other. Props to Koryo tomb architects.
Great stuff, guys--thanks for sharing it. I'm also going to steal the Gongmin/Noguk image that truth posted in the Jeong Dejeon thread (click on it for larger size):
Portrait of King Gongmin and his beloved queen Noguk in the Royal Shrine of Joseon Dynasty.
King Gongmin and Noguk are the only non-Joseon Dynasty King and Queen to be honored in the Royal Shrine of Joseon Dynasty, which shows Lee Sung Gye's respect to King Gongmin(the only Koryo king that LSG was actually loyal to) and justifies LSG as the true successor of King Gongmin(rather than King Woo, King Chang, and King Gong Yang).
The timing for this is perfect because (and I never expected this) LSG just showed up in this series in this week's episode. I never knew there was a connection like this between Gongmin and LSG. And the episode also introduced the Ssangseong Commandery so it seems to be sticking to real history. This is a great sign for the series.