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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 )
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.
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.
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 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)
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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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.
Amidst the many palaces in Seoul, we identified Gyeongbokgung as the main palace to go to.
We timed our tour to that of the free guided tour and were given a good commentary on the palace history, old practices and purposes of the various rooms.
10-15 mins walk from Insadong. Can get map from the Insadong information centre.
Opening hours: March-October 09.00-18.00
*Ticket passes for Gyeongbok Palace can also be used at the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.
Free Tour Guide: In front of information center, Hongryemun Gate (main gate)
* English: 9:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00
* Chinese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30