- Without spoiling too much, I can reveal that at some point in 기황후 the empress is sent to the “ice palace” as a punishment. Not surprisingly it’s a dreadful place where even the cobwebs that decorate the walls are more or less frozen. They call this palace 냉궁 (冷宮) – literally frozen palace. For some reason this word stuck with me. Or rather the 냉- part.
冷: This is the same 냉 that you find in 냉면 (iced noodles), 냉장고 (refrigerator), and 냉동식품 (frozen food).
Leave it to me to immediately think of food related words 😀