South Korea

Seoul: Geoncheonggung and Gyeonghoeru, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Geoncheonggung was a private royal residence built by King Gojong. He resided there from 1888 to 1896.

Demolished completely by the Japanese government in 1909, the residence was accurately reconstructed to its former design and open to the public in 2007.

It is very different in style, to me looked a little more Japanese. It was completely built out of wood and it was nice to look at – but it smelled nice too, with all the wood.

Our final stop was at the Gyeonghoeru, a hall used to hold important and special state banquets during the Joseon Dynasty.

Constructed mainly of wood and stone, Gyeonghoeru has a form where the wooden structure of the building sits on top of 48 massive stone pillars, with the wooden stairs connecting the second floor to the first floor. The outer perimeters of Gyeonghoeru are supported by square pillars while the inner columns are cylindrical; they were placed thus to represent the idea of Yin & Yang.

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