Built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) by its founder King Taejo, it is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. More infos and pics are in my travelogue.
Kyongbokkung, the Palace of Shining Happiness, located in Sejong-ro, Chongno-gu, Seoul, is also called the Northern Palace as it is located in the northern side of the capital. It is designated Historic Site No. 117.
The palace mainly consists of administration and living areas. Although many buildings within the palace were destroyed during the Japanese colonial period, key buildings including Kwanghwa-mun (main gate), Kunjong-mun (south gate), Kunjong-jon (Hall of Diligent Administration), Sajong-jon, Ch'onch'u-jon, Sujong-jon, Chakyong-jon, Kyonghoe-ru (the banquet hall), Chaesu-gak, Sukhyang-dang, Hamhwa-dang, Hyangwon-jong, Chipok-jae, and Sonwon-jon still remain today. Within the palace are a number of national treasures, including the Monument of Inspection, erected in 555 on Mt. Pukhan in Seoul to commemorate a tour of the area by King Chinhung of Shilla (r. 540-576), the Ten-Story Marble Pagoda of Kyongchon-sa, the Seven-Story Stone Pagoda of Namgyewon, and Punggi-dae (wind streamer), an 18th century weather device.
The National Museum of Korea is in Kyongbokkyng. So you can take a look at the palace and go to the museum at the same time! How convenient!!!
As you can see we really liked this palace and spent ages here. This tip will show some of the loveliest buildings.
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Gyeongbokgung is a very impressive palace complex in Seoul. It's a very nice place to stroll around.
Originally built in 1394, this was the first of Seoul's 5 Joseon era palaces. This is one of the largest and most fantastic of Seoul's palaces. They have changing of the guard ceremonies here hourly
This is my pesonal favorite. With the mountains clearly in the background this square patch of water contains a pavillion called Gyeonghoeru. On 48 colums this building looks-out over the water.
Seems to be the most picturesque spot in the palace! It's a bonus if you are there when the leaves turn red in Fall, as it really colours the landscape.
This is perhaps the largest ancient palace in Seoul with the National Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum located next to it. It is a must visit when you are in Seoul.
On some weekend afternoons, 15th century ceremonies are re-enacted at the heart of Gyungbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul.
Honesty, I feel that is really simillar to the Chinese Forbiddenen city. But just the different of the size.
Another interesting palace is the Gyeongbokguing, which is the largest of the Joseon Dynasty palaces. It took me several hours to cover the premises of this amazing palace.