Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul +82 2-3700-3900

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    Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) * * * * *

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    Gyeongbokgung ( 경복궁) is the main palace in Seoul and sits in the heart of the city. It was constructed in 1394, but like most other historic sites in Korea, it has been destroyed by the Japanese 2 or 3 times. The pavilion that is surrounded by water on the west side of the palace (called the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion) appears on the back of the Korean 10,000 won note. A key draw at Gyeongbokgung is the changing of the guard ceremony which occurs several times a day.

    Cheong Wa Dae, or the Korean President's "Blue House," sits to the rear of Gyeongbokgung, and on the original grounds of the ancient palace. It was established as the Korean president's residence in 1948. Gyeongbokgung also houses the National Folk Museum which can be visited with the same ticket for the palace.

    When the Japanese occupied Korea, they constructed their governor-general's house in the middle of Gyeongbokgung to show their superiority over the Korean people. After the Japanese departed, the Koreans used this building as their national museum, but it was finally torn down in 1993 to restore the palace to its original glory. Unfortunately this meant the national museum had no home, until the Americans gave up some land at the Yongsan Army Garrison south of Namsan. The new National Museum finally opened around 2005.

    Admittance to Gyeongbokgung is 3,000 Won for foreign adults.

    Each November, there is a re-enactment of the traditional ceremony to pray for a good silk work harvest held at Gyeongbokgung.

    Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Gyeonbokgung's Main Gate (called Geunjeongmun) Feng Shui maybe? Hyangwonjeong pavillion
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    Kyongbokkung Palace

    by Edith49 Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    This is the largest palace in Seoul so I understand. Some areas were being restored when I was there and were closed, but even so, it was still very extensive. We visited on a National Holiday - the Lunar New Year - so there were tons of people and many in traditional dress and many playing traditional games, even though it was bitterly cold.

    I tend to pay more attention to people and things than I do to history so I recommend if you want to know more about the palace, see their official web site for details! I've included the link below. As for me I enjoy the people and the sights, as you will see from my pictures.

    I like to show a different side to places I visit than the pictures that you see on official sites or post cards, so in my pictures you won't see what you see on other sites!

    The Kings throne inside the Palace The largest incense burner I've ever seen Diverse architechture Children playing traditional games Traditional dress - engagement photo shoot
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    Kyongbokkung

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 7, 2006

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    This great palace, also spelled "Gyeongbokgung", is the largest of Seoul's five palaces. Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, built it in 1395. It served as the main royal palace for nearly 200 years. That is, until the Japanese invasion of 1592, when it was burned to the ground.

    In the 1860s, restoration was begun. However, during the Japanese occupation of the early 20th century, they were mostly destroyed or moved. The Japanese occupiers also built a huge administration building (the Seokjojeon building) in front of the palace. It was their way of "dissing" the Koreans. After World War II, and Korean independence, it became the National Museum of Korea. Today, that museum is housed in a new building.

    Restoration was resumed recently, and continues to this day. The parts that have been restored are certainly impressive.

    Kyongbokkung Palace Kyonghoeru at Kyongbokkung Restoration continues The palace grounds Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop
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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    This palace is established in 1395 and fine example of Joseon Dynasty architecture.

    It was twice destroyed by the Japanese and rebuilt. Hence epitomize the Korean strength and spirits.

    Open daily closed on Tuesday.

    There is guided tour in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

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    Gyeongbokgung (palace)

    by Christianzagar Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    Definately a must see while in Seoul. You can catch the changing of the guard daily. The palace is quite big and impressive though I personally don't think it's the most beautiful. It's all been renovated so it has a newness about it. It's worth visiting, but if you have time check out some of the other palaces as well.

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    Famous Photo

    by perseushermes Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    With all the excitement visiting the palace, there are so many places within the palace. The beautiful palaces in the Gyeongbokgung Palace itself...... makes the trip worth it!
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    Palace guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by suhadis Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Very much like those of the western counterpart, these have elaborate costumes on them! It's hard to take a photo with them because 10 other people are thinking about the same thing!

    I saw a Change of Guards ceremony outside of the Palace once on a Sunday. I wasn't too sure if this was done every week but the commentary was delivered in Korean, English, Japanese and Mandarin.

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by suhadis Written Jun 23, 2006

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    This palace is within the city limits so it's quite convenient to get there on the Seoul Metro. It's spread out over a large area with the mountains in the background. On certain days of the year the have a procession at the palace. Just beside this palace there is a Museum as well.

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    Palace of the King

    by hindu1936 Written Mar 30, 2006

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    It was at this palace where the Japanese Ninja assassins killed the queen in 1909 because she was encouraging the king to resist the egregious plots of the Japanese diplomats. The cottage where she was murdered along with her hand maidens is in the far right corner. Near that cottage you will find a garden plot where traditional Korean vegetables are grown. The buildings have been destroyed three times during Japanese invasions, so that not much of what you see is original, but painstakingly restored. In 1995, the Korean people celebrated 50 years of independence from the tyranny of Japan by beginning to remove the Japanese built marble and granite museum from the grounds. It has now been replaced with a museum more in keeping with the traditional building concept.
    In the center of the quad area is one large building surrounded by water. It was here that past kings held dances and parties. It is also here, and in the National Folk Village that many of the scenes for the historic television dramas are filmed.

    The throne room not traditional changing of the guard. still ok Central palace back, grandson in front don't know, pretty ashtray?? Pary Pavillion in back, grandson in fron
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    Soak up the history

    by itsCharlie Written Mar 22, 2006

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    The palace is a must see when you're in Seoul. It's almost comparable to a "little forbidden city". If you time it right - you can also see a changing of the guards ceremony (where the guards wear cheesy glue on mustaches!) and the King and his entourage wander around the palace. (pretty cool) Cal 02-1330 to ask when it is. (a few times a day)

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by Blatherwick Updated Feb 12, 2006

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    King Taejo was responsible for the building of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1395. The palace name translates to "shining happiness." The palace was burnt down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, and was left in ruins until being rebuilt in 1865. Most of the buildings were demolished during the Japanese occupation. A massive restoration project began in 1995 to restore the palace to its original state.

    One of the most impressive site is Geunjeongjeon Hall within the palace walls. Here the King conducted state business and received foreign dignitaries. High-ranking officials assembled in the courtyard for review before the King. From 1399-1546, seven of twelve kings were enthroned here: Jeongjong, Sejong, Danjong, Sejo, Seongjong, Jungjong, and Myeongjong. Also of note is Gyeonghoeru (Pavilion of Joyous Meeting) which is the oldest and most famous of Gyeongbokgung's pavilions. The pavilion was reconstructed in 1865 and was spared the ravages of the Korean War. It was used as a royal banquet hall during the Joseon dynasty.

    The palace possesses great examples of classic Korean architecture and The National Folk Museum of Korea is located inside it. The National Museum of Korea was there too but it has been relocated in Yongsan. Tickets are a great price at 1000 Won for adults.

    Geunjeongjeon Hall Gyeonghoeru (Pavilion of Joyous Meeting)
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    Geunjungjun - Hall of Diligent Rule ( 4 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    This impressive wooden building on a stone base was the throne room where the Chosun kings conducted their business. This series included one image of the beautiful detail under the eaves and one of papasan and mamasan in traditional dress visiting this national heritage site.

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    Gyeongbokgung

    by Vita500 Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Built in 1395 as residence for the royal family as well as seat of the government. It was destroyed in 1592 and only restored in 1865. After further destruction during the Japanese colonisation, a reconstruction program was launched in 1995.

    As it's one of the most frequently visisted palaces of Seoul, try to avoid the weekends when the place is pretty crowded out with tourists and locals alike.
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    Open daily except Tuesday.
    Admission: 700.- KRW

    Korea's largest pavilion within Gyeongbokgung
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    Hyongwon-Jeong (2 Photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    This hexagonal pavilion is one of the most photographed and painted scenes in Korea. A decorative bridge crosses the surrounding lotus pond. Visitors are not allowed unfortunately on the bridge or in the pavilion. This is about as close as one can get - it helps to have a long telephoto lens (second photo).

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    Gyeongbokgung (Kyongbuk) Palace (4 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    The signpost placed at the entrance to the palace gives a concise history chronologically but is lacking in historical transparency. For instance, in the 1592 Japanese invasion, the king and his court fled the city ahead of the Japanese. The local citizens were so unhappy with the king's behavior that they burned the palace down, not the Japanese. Reconstruction was delayed for several hundred years because of financial problems and lingering disatisfaction. The new palace was much larger and more opulent than the old. It was built with heavy taxation and was the beginning of the end for the ruling Prince Regent Kojong and his family. In the 1910 annexation, the Japanese destroyed the palace, dismantling and burning or selling parts. In the other images, the amazing Korean Folk Museum is pictured. It features exhibits on Korean history and culture.

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