Travel Photo Thursday — June 6, 2013 — The Colors of Korea

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 29 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. A holiday here today, so I am using the time for final exam prep, and packing for home. D-Day is June 21st, and I am more than a little excited. Today, I want to take you on a little tour of some of my more colorful experiences here in Korea.

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Everyday in the heart of Seoul’s downtown you can experience a re-enactment of the “Changing of the Guard”. Lots of rich color, and a perfect introduction to Korean traditional “court” attire.


(Love the yellow!)

Changing of the Guard, Seoul


The rich, traditional red…

Guard Changing Ceremony, Korea


“Ladies in pink”

Passionately Pink for the Cure

Andong Mask Festival 2012

Korean Traditional Dancer -- Andong Mask Festival 2012

An awesome light and dance show…

Traditional Korean Dancer


Traditional Russian dancers at the World Dance Festival in Choenan, Korea. The costumes and the energy of this dance troupe had the crowd cheering for more!

Russian Dancers....Choenan World Dance Festival


Celebrating Buddha’s birthday dressed in color…

Buddha's Birthday Party, 2011


Lantern Parade, Buddha's Birthday, Seoul 2011


Finally, the intricately designed and painted dragons that can be found in many of Korea’s Buddhist temples…


(Bongwonsa Temple, Seoul)

Dragon -- Bongwonsa Temple -- Seoul



The Year of the Dragon…Seoul Lantern Festival 2012

The Year of the Dragon, Seoul Lantern Festival, 2012


Protecting the Nun’s Temple, Daejeon

Dragon's Head..........Nun's Temple, Daejeon


Travelers Tip

You can experience the colorful changing of the guard daily, in downtown Seoul.

You can see traditional costumes and dance at any of the festivals happening around the country. You might even have the opportunity have your photo taken in one! Check out the schedule of Korean festivals.

Find out more about Buddha’s annual birthday celebrations.


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  1. I love the Korean costumes, but the last picture is my favourite.

    • Thanks, Denise. That photo has been viewed a lot on Flickr over the years.

  2. I love all the colors of Korea you portrayed here, Nancie! The Changing of the Guard is certainly different from what I’ve seen. My favorites have to be those dragons though.

    • Hi Mary, yes that photo is a favorite with many. I love the colors in it. The Changing of the Guard is worth seeing, just for the costumes alone.

  3. I would have enjoyed seeing what that light and dance show entailed since the picture looks like it captured a very interesting moment.

    • Michele, I was a beautiful dance. The dancer really knew how to do the “head twirl”, and the lighting added a lot to it.

  4. I love the colour and sound and movement of traditional dance – and these photos all certainly convey that.
    Thanks for sharing and for hosting Travel Photo Thursday.
    Have a wonderful wee.

  5. I love all the amazing colorful events. But my favorite is the Buddha’s birthda. I love the colorful costumes and the lanterns.

    • Hi Marisol, I never get tired of looking at the lanterns. They have their own unique beauty.

  6. The colors are just amazing and SO full of life. Stunning!

  7. Great photos… I love images with vivid colors (^_^)

  8. Life is so much more interesting in vibrant colors, isn’t it? Love the scenes you’ve chosen – the color, the actions you’ve caught. . .bring Korea to life.

    • Thanks Jackie. I wish modern life here was a bit more colorful. Koreans love to wear black most of the time, and the two favorite colors for cars are white and black. Dreary! Modern Korean need to take a lesson from their past traditions, when it comes to color 🙂

  9. I love the traditional yellow costumes of the changing of the guard and the unusual hats. I would like to see that.

  10. Nancie: when I see you’re incredibly beautiful and colorful pictures I wonder if I’m living in a muddy world, or if I just need to work harder to find colorful subjects.

    • Hi Vera! It’s funny everyday Korea is not nearly as colorful as what I see when I go to festivals, and the Changing for the Guard. Black and gray are more prominent in day to day living (which makes things rather blah!)

  11. WOW gorgeous photos, you can feel the energy!!

  12. Love all of it! When is the best time of year to visit Korea?

    • Hi Sophie, May/Early June; September/October. Don’t come in the winter (cold), and the summer is hot, humid and rainy. The rain usually starts in July for about a month. Last summer the rains extended into July.

      In May and June things are green and there are flowers around and not much rain/humidity. In September and October you can enjoy the fall colors and no humidity.

  13. What a magnificent assortment of colours.My favourite is also the dragon. If I make it to Korea again I’ll definitely have to catch the changing of the guard.
    Good luck getting through to the 21st – and a nice long break.

  14. Great color in these shots, Nancie!

  15. This is making me want to go now!

  16. What a bold selection of color! They are all great, but I especially love the dragons. Hope your week goes well.

  17. The costumes and the colors are eye-catching and bright. Great photos, Nancie!


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