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Seoul: National Museum of Korea

Enough about food, back to some culture! During out stay in Seoul we also visited the National Museum of Korea, which is truly amazing. Not just because of its collection, but also its architecture and size. Our travel guide said that it's one of the top 10 biggest museums in the world, and I can… Continue reading Seoul: National Museum of Korea

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Seoul: Gyeonbokgung Palace

Gyeonbokgung Palace is the most famous of all palaces in Seoul. I've visited it last July and enjoyed it very much as you can gather from my previous blog posts (general info about the palace, Gwanghamun Gate, Geunjeongjeon Hall, Gangnyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon, Amisan and Hyangwonjeong and finally Geoncheonggung and Gyeonghoeru). This time it was much… Continue reading Seoul: Gyeonbokgung Palace

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Seoul: Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace is right in the city centre (like all the other palaces) and was originally built as a residence for Prince Wolsan, the elder brother of King Seongjong, in the 15th Century. After all other palace buildings were destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592, King Seonjo (1567-1608) established a temporary residence… Continue reading Seoul: Deoksugung Palace

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Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is one of the five palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Construction of Changdeokgung Palace started in 1405, and was completed in 1412. At Changdeokgung Palace there are things to see such as Donhwamun Gate, Geumcheongyo Bridge (which is the oldest bridge still in existence in Seoul, built 1411) and… Continue reading Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace

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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