Perched on a heavy delivery bicycle he took to touring the backroads during his time off. On one of these trips, he came across a compound of traditional buildings — and decided to enter.Inside, he chatted with an old woman who he assumed to be a groundkeeper or gardener. The two hit it off.When she heard of the rough digs Bartholomew was living in, she insisted he move into her compound. She turned out to be an aristocrat connected to the royal family and the owner of the palatial, three-century-old manse, Seongyojang.Bartholomew took up residence in a fairytale location: A traditional pavilion/home perched over a water-lily pond. For decades after, he would recall the magic of those days.
Queen Yun continued to live in the palace, with her ladies-in-waiting, having had no children. Staying there during the 1950 invasion by the communists, it is said a military squad invaded the palace, but withdrew when the queen rebuked them. As Seoul became devastated by the war, she was forced to retreat to Busan. The stories say she went on foot.
Notice that 12 or 13 year-old Princess Yi Tŏk Hye (in court dress) is at the top of this stairs and afraid to step down, as the mat “runner” (covering stairs and open area below) has slipped down stretching the mat out at an angle across the stair and no longer covering it in a flat, secure manner. A lady on her left is reaching out to steady her while waiting for someone on the left who appears to be stepping down to ‘straighten out’ the runner for the little Princess.