Forbidden City vs Gyeongbokgung Palace; Chinese vs Korean Architecture

I must admit Im really excited about Korea! So I decided to try sketching the palace I’m going to be visiting and while sketching it reminded me of the Forbidden Palace! So here I’ve got two sketches.

Korean Architecture and Chinese Architecture are similar in their use of the bracket system as well as the pitch roof. The slight difference in roof structure which was obvious to me while sketching is that the Korean roof seems to curve upwards whilst the Chinese roof is less curved.

The proportion is also different. The Forbidden City was smaller and more in proportion whilst the Gyeongbokgung Palace roof was more dramatic and bigger. The Forbidden City proportions are very obvious and they emphasize on the horizontality and verticality whereas the Gyeongbokgung Palace had less severe proportions.

Another interesting thing was, the roof color is very different. Typical of Chinese Architecture, the Forbidden City used bright colored – orange/gold, whereas the Korean Palace had grey (dull) colored roof tiles. It’s also interesting to note that no Korean house/palace/building uses brightly coloured roof tiles.

An interesting fact I picked up from the internet was that brick was used to construct the Forbidden City, whilst it the Gyeongbokgung Palace was constructed out of wood. Wood was used because at the time Seoul was a large forest. To be honest, I have not found a better reason for that so if you know of a better reason, do post it!

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Forbidden City

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Forbidden City  – Notice the horizontality, verticality, proportion, and bright colours

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Forbidden City – Bright Colours & Compare the Roof curviness with the Korean Roof

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Gyeongbokgung Palace – Notice the proportion different to that of the Forbidden City

and compare the colors used

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Gyeongbokgung Palace – Notice the roof structure to be more curvy than that of Chinese Architecture

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Forbidden City vs Gyeongbokgung Palace; Chinese vs Korean Architecture

Of roses and other stuff~

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The other day was searching for inspiration for a design project and got sidetracked sketching out ideas. I stumbled on a blog (can’t remember now which blog) with and interesting art work… So i decided to copy it, in the name of finding inspiration~ Haha. It didnt work but I would definitely say this is the first time i’ve sketched something like this… I think it turned out okay actually. Haha. 🙂

Of roses and other stuff~

Design Ideas

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Two things I wanted to post about today. My realization this morning that I am a body lotion collector. Haha. And I have so many of them. And they all smell really sweet and fruity. Haha. These are my few favorites! 🙂

And the second realization was the need for design concepts! How DOES one come up with a design concept? I consulted a few friends and mostly the feedback I got was related to finding something interesting on site to focus on, or browsing Archdaily for ideas. But really, HOW? Some days concepts just come to my mind, but most of the time they seem to be hard to come up with. I usually start with brainstorming key words and ideas related to the design and then work from there~ As can be seen from the above picture, am currently facing a design bloc. Cant seem to gel the ideas together. At the moment, I have the Yacht and the looks-like-its-been-bitten-into-facade. Haha. Trying to make it work but I agree with Kelvin that it needs a stronger concept. Hence, HOW DO I COME UP WITH A STRONGER CONCEPT? Ideas anyone?

Design Ideas

It’s a girl!

Baby Shower

Twas a close friend’s baby shower this weeekend! Very happening event! The decoration was done by her sisters.. Very creative and well done! 🙂 My favorite would have to be the hanging clothes with lights (as per in photo above). There was also a photo booth with props for all the guests to take pictures with. Haha. The cupcakes and cake were also done by her sisters! Very cute. The theme was blue and pink. Guests were asked to dress in blue if they hoped the baby would be a boy and pink if they hoped it would be a girl! I must say, almost 90% were in pink! Haha. We, well *I* was really happy to hear the announcement it was a girl! Yeay! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which name the happy new parents will pick out!

It’s a girl!

Get your glasses on!

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Got my glasses on!

Finally got a new pair of spectacles that I’ve been wanting! Haha. I love the whole nerdy-geeky look!

Work today was pretty depressing.

Got told off by the officer in charge. Made me wonder if I’m really not doing my job, or is this part of the job to constantly get told off? Ah, I do wonder how i should feel. To treat this as an experience would be one way to look at it. But in any case, I need to settle this issue by Friday. I do hope it will be able to be settled Friday morning. If not…. I am not sure what I will do. Meh. Trying to keep up the positiveness!

Get your glasses on!