Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

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    Hyangwonjeong( Pavilion )

    by jckim Updated Feb 19, 2005

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    Hyangwonjeong are good examples of Korea Garden art. built in 1873 by King Gojong. he had built on an island in the pond. Hyangwonjeong are mean's far reaching fragrance pavilion. and to the pavilion connected bridge name's are originally called Chihangyo inner part of Gyeongbokgung

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    Gyeongbok Palace

    by imstress Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Gyeongbok Palace was built as the primary palace of the Chosun Kingdom by its founder, King Taejo in 1395, the fourth year of his reign.

    The place where I took this photo was believed to be the best view of this beautiful architecture.

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    Kyongbokkung Palace

    by ejagape Written Jan 21, 2004

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    This is one of the biggest palace complexes in Seoul, and is (in my opinion) the best one I've seen in Seoul.

    It was originally built during the Yi dynasty, over 500 years ago, but was destroyed by the Japanese in 1592 and again during WWII.

    On the grounds is the National Folk Museum, which is a neat display of Korean culture. I think there is one more small museum of sorts, and they are quite worth the visit.

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by limledi Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most famous of the palaces found in the city of Seoul. If you have only 1 palace to visit, then choose this one. It requires a whole afternoon to visit. Within the vicinity are National Folk Museum & National Palace Museum. Very nice to walk around. Better to secure a map coz it's easy to get lost with it's huge size.
    Closed Tuesdays
    Opens 9AM-6PM

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace!

    by sunsoohyun Written Jun 1, 2010

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    It was in 1395, three years after the Joseon
    Dynasty was founded by Yi Seong-gye, when the construction of the main royal palace was completed and the capital of the newly founded dynasty moved from Gaeseong to Seoul (then known as Hanyang).
    To important culture property of the respect palace there are times when above 9 branches it will see.
    The traffic side from subway 3 line respect palace reverse becomes 5minute disturbance with walking.

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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 IreneMcKay Written Jun 30, 2013

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    This palace was one of the highlights of our second visit to Seoul. There was just so much going on. We began by watching the changing of the guards ceremony just outside the main gate. You can watch this without paying the palace entry fee if you want. The ceremony was carried out in traditional costume.

    Inside the palace they were rehearsing for the anniversary of a huge historical examination. More traditional clothes. In addition during our visit they were filming a TV show here. Traditional costumes and music. Also people are paid to wander around in traditional clothes re-enacting scenes from palace life. As if that were not enough Koreans dress up in their own traditional clothes to have their photos taken here. There are some lovely buildings and a beautiful pagoda on an island set in the midst of a scenic pond.

    This palace was constructed in 1394. It was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). It was founded by King Taejo and is the grandest of all five of Seoul's palaces.

    Make sure you see the imperial throne room of Geunjeongjeon or Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, which stands on forty-eight granite pillars towering over a lotus lake. Other highlights include the tall pagoda of the National Folk Museum of Korea and Hwangwonjeong Pavilion, which sits in a beautiful pond. You can get a great photo of this pavillion and its reflection.

    To get here: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and proceed to Exit 5. The palace grounds are open from 09:00~18:00 (March ~ October) and 09:00~17:00 (November ~ February). Gyonegbokgung Palace is closed Tuesday. Admission is 3,000 won.

    Palace grounds scene for TV show. Palace grounds scene for TV show. Visitors in traditional clothes. Re-enactment of palace life. Changing of the guards.
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    Huge and crowded

    by xaver Written Oct 24, 2014

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    The palace was built in 1395 and, for 500 years, it has been the main Royal palace and heart of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was burnt during Japanese invasion in 1592 and then it was abandoned untill 1860 when it was rebuilt and became a palace with 330 buildings. But then in 1911 Japanese destroyed most of the buildings. The remaining halls include Geunjeongieon, where the officials cerimonies were held and the private areas f the King and the Queen.
    Ticket 3000 wong
    Open: March - May 9-18
    June - August 9- 18.30
    September - February 9-17
    Closed on Tuesday.

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    GYEONGBOKGUNG

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    Gyeongbokgung, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period, it has a 500 year history. Inside the grounds stands the National Folk Museum of Korea.

    GEUNJEONGJEON is the greatest building of Joseon architecture. It is the main building of Gyeongbokgung and the palace where ceremonies of the state.
    GANGNYEONGJEON was the central building of the King’s residence. There are 9 rooms , the central room was where the king slept and the surrounding 8 rooms were where the court ladies kept night watch.
    GYOTAEJEON was the queen residence. It has a wooden floored hall in the center with ondol rooms on each side of it.
    GYEONGHOERU is where official banquets were held and foreign envoys were entertained. There was a small pavilion when Gyeongbokgung was first built.
    HYANGWONJEONG, it is pavilion for relaxation. Originally the bridge called Chihangyo was connected to the north of the pavilion.

    Palace Gate Opening & Closing Ceremony and Royal Guard Changing Ceremony march- November 10.00-16.00 every hour (Closed on Tuesday)

    NATIONAL FOLK MUSSEUM OF KOREA located inside Gyeongbokgung, the museum is a showcase of the lifestyle of the Korean people from the prehistoric age to the modern times related the life, culture, lifestyle, clothing, and food.
    www.nfm.go.kr

    CHEONGWADAE is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea. It was built in a Korean style with the roof of the main building decorated with blue tiles.
    www.cwd.go.kr
    email: tour@president.go.kr

    National Folk Museum, 2006 Blue House
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    Gyeonghoeru ( pavilion )

    by jckim Updated Feb 19, 2005

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    Gyeonghoeru is the best architecture of Joseon time's pavilion. this pavilion is official banquets and foreign envoys were entertained place. it was built by King Taejong dug the pond and rebuilt this pavilion 1412. and burnt 1592, restored by King Gojong 1867. one of most beautiful architecture of Gyeongbokgung area.
    ( National Treasure No.224 )

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    Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

    by qaminari Updated May 18, 2007

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    I was the only one to turn up for the English tour the day I went, and so had a charming young lady in Korean dress all to myself, although she did insist on interrogating me throughout about the marriage plans of Prince Charles. After explaining the sleeping arrangements of the Korean royal family, which are relevant to the architecture of the palace, she seemed surprised that I didn't know how the British royal family arranged these things...
    Unfortunately when I went the National Museum was closed in preparation for moving, and didn't re-open (near Ichon subway station in Yongsan) until after I had left, in October 2005.

    Geunjeongmun (Gate) Amisan garden behind Gyotaejeon, queen's residence Across the threshold Palace with plum blossom Pretty in pink
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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by MEdelmann Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Mother of all palaces

    by stamporama Written Sep 4, 2011

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    Much has been written about this place so I won't say much about it except to confirm that if you only have time to visit one palace then make it this one. Enough said.

    And in one stop, you get to see the nearby Folk Museum and Palace Museum, both for free.

    Palace admission: 3,000 won. Open Wed. - Mon. from 9 am - 6 pm (Mar. - Oct.) or 5 pm (Nov. - Feb.).

    The Big Kahuna Gyeonghoe-ru pavilion and pond The Hyangwon-jeong pavilion on an islet
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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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    A Journey into the Past~

    by Outbound88 Written Aug 21, 2005

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    The Kyongbuk Palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in Seoul. It was founded in 1395 by King Taejo. This was the home of the Chosun Dynasty, which was the last Dynasty of Korea. You will amazed at the beautiful architecture. It's also a great place to relax. There are many park benches throughout the palace.

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