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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… Continue reading Seoul: Geoncheonggung and Gyeonghoeru, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Amisan and Hyangwonjeong, Gyeongbokgung Palace

After visiting the living quarters from the king and queen we went to a famous garden called Amisan. The garden is created from an artificial mound and has four hexagonal chimneys, constructed around 1869 in orange brick and decorative roof tiles. The chimneys represent the different elements and amidst the flowers and plants are wonderful… Continue reading Seoul: Amisan and Hyangwonjeong, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Gangnyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon, Gyeongbokgung Palace

After the throne hall we went into through a gate into the next section called Gangnyeongjeon. This is a complex with many houses, used as the king's main sleeping and living quarters. The building contains the king's bed chamber and was first constructed in 1395, the fourth year of King Taejo. Destroyed during the Japanese… Continue reading Seoul: Gangnyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Geunjeongjeon Hall, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Geunjeongjeon Hall, is the throne hall of Gyeongbokgung where the king formally granted audiences to his officials, gave declarations of national importance, and greeted foreign envoys and ambassadors during the Joseon Dynasty. It was originally constructed in 1395 but was burned down in 1592 when the Japanese invaded Korea. The present building was built in… Continue reading Seoul: Geunjeongjeon Hall, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Gwanghamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gwanghwamun is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. As a landmark and symbol of Seoul's long history as the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty, the gate has gone through multiple periods of destruction and disrepair. Gwanghwamun was first constructed in 1395 as the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and most… Continue reading Seoul: Gwanghamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace