There was basically no planning for this trip but we really wanted to visit some places of interest as we visited none during our last trip. With so much to shop, we finally managed to squeeze some time to go to Gyeongbokgung.
As published on the Korean Tourist Website,
“Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.
The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.”
And now, we shall let the pictures do all the talking…
Love the integration of ancient and city
A mandate photo at the entrance. Can you see that my jacket is matching the beam. 😛
The interior. Simple yet grand
坤宁宫 – the residence of the Empress. A similarity with the Chinese culture
Reflection. Foreign visitors can visit the pavilion by making reservation.
This place is now a library.
This is the only place we went for sightseeing for this Korea trip, and I am totally in love with it. I love the calmness of the place while being so close to the city. I will definitely recommend it as one of the place to go when in Seoul.
How to get there
Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2