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The changing of the guard at the Gwanghwamun gate of the Gyeonbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. the guards are dressed in the colourful costumes of the Joseon Dynasty in the 14th century. Also a very welcome sight as they were the first Koreans I saw that were not clean shaven (I was beginning to feel conspicuous in my goatee).
Gyeonbokgung (Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven) is surrounded by five-metre high walls that extend over its 2,404 metre perimeter. The names of the four gates originate from the yin and yang connect and the theory of the five elements. Gwanghwamun, the main gate symbolises summer and fire. the gate has three entrances and a broad, two-storey pavilion.
This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 29 October 2012.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Cloning out of shadows in PSE 10.
Lighting adjustments and vignette in Simply HDR for Mac.