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!
Forbidden City – Notice the horizontality, verticality, proportion, and bright colours
Forbidden City – Bright Colours & Compare the Roof curviness with the Korean Roof
Gyeongbokgung Palace – Notice the proportion different to that of the Forbidden City
and compare the colors used
Gyeongbokgung Palace – Notice the roof structure to be more curvy than that of Chinese Architecture