Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

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

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    Gyeonghoeru Pavilion

    by Ines28 Written Aug 7, 2005

    Gyeonghoeru Pavilion was built to hold banquets for national congratulatory events or greet foreign envoys during the Joseon Dynasty. It was built in the fourth year of King Taejo in 1395, and burnt down during Yimjinwaeran, Japans invasion of Joseon. It was later reestablished during the renovation of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1867. This is the most famous pavilion of the Joseon Dynasty, especially beautiful with the surrounding mountains and the reflection in the water.

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by kevarms Written Jan 18, 2005

    This massive palace complex was the main residence of Korean kings up until 1592 when it was burnt to the ground by the Japanese. It was rebuilt in the 19th Century but, again, most of the buildings in the palace complex were destroyed by the Japanese. What remains is still very, very impressive.
    Try to the catch the changing of the guards ceremony - a really colourful and noisy spectacle.
    Entry to the palace costs W1,000

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    Amisan Chimney

    by jckim Written Feb 19, 2005

    Just behind the Gyotaejeon stands a small hillock, called Amisan,named after a prominent mountain in Sacheonseong, China.This man-made hillock was formed with the soil left after excavations for the pond by the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion.Beautiful plantings, granite pots with peculiar stones,
    and a hexagonal red-brick chimney create picturesque views.

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    See a mix of the old and new.

    by lobsterman Written Jun 10, 2005

    Perhaps one of the main palaces in all of Seoul, it is set in a massive compound under the watchful eyes of a rocky mountain. It reminded me alot of The Forbidden City in China, with the many walkways and gardens and dozens of buildings. If you visit on the weekend, it'll be crowded but there will be actors dressed as imperial guards which is a pretty cool addition to the atmosphere!!

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    Gwanghwamun Palace and National Folk Museum

    by nickinosaka Updated Aug 21, 2004

    This palace is absolutely spectacular and by far the best restoration/reconstruction job I've ever seen. The changing of the guard is very interesting too, but the highlight for me was definitely the architecture. It's up there with the more spectacular temples I've seen in Kyoto and Nara, arguably as great a visit as Himeji Castle. Bring a lunch and rest for a bit by the island pavillion called Hyangwonjeong.

    After lunch, check out the National Folk Museum. It gives you a very good sense of life during the Joseon period, and the dioramas provide a nice context for the good selection of artifacts they have. There is a children's museum as well, which can be held out as a reward to keep the little ones going.

    The National Museum, which is next door, is due for relocation in 2005, but the building will be revamped as a Joseon era museum.

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace Complex

    by fellman01 Updated Aug 25, 2003

    The Korean Imperial family resided in this complex until the early part of the 20th century. An assault by Japanese soldiers on the palace (before the 1911 annexation) was an early warning sign of Japanese aggression that most of the west chose to ignore.
    The complex was a bit run down when I visited but this added to the sense of history.

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  • Visit Kyongbokkung Palace and Insadong Street!

    by seyoung Written Sep 9, 2003

    You should visit Kyongbokkung Palace which is the most massive, beautiful palace in Seoul and was once the home of the first royal family of the Choson Dynasty. It has lots of ponds and ancient stone pagodas and they are really magnificent. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures of the beautiful Kyongbokkung Palace and I felt bad about it. The palace shows amazing art and I think people have to visit the palace and take some pictures of it. Also, if you want to buy Korean traditional products or souvenires, all you need to do is to go to Insadong Street because it has almost all kinds of Korean traditional products. And you also can experience diverse traditional performances and cultural events.

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    Gyeongbokgung palace

    by Martin_B Written Jan 16, 2004

    Gyeongbokgung palace is a very nice place to see. It is very quiet inside ( for sure there is a lot of tourist but you can always find a quiet place). Everything is beautiful inside. The architecture of the temples are very nice. The entrance fee is very cheap. It cost 1000 Won wich is about 1$ canadian.

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    Gyeongbok Gung

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 1, 2007

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    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

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    Nice Palace

    by salisbury3933 Written Jun 23, 2009

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    Gyeongbokgung is a very impressive palace complex in Seoul. It's a very nice place to stroll around.

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    Check out the special ceremonies at Gyungbok kung

    by AKtravelers Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    On some weekend afternoons, 15th century ceremonies are re-enacted at the heart of Gyungbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul.

    15th Century people govern the kingdom
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    Hwangwonjeong in Gyeongbokgung Palace

    by suhadis Written Jun 23, 2006

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    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.

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace Two

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 30, 2013

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    As you can see we really liked this palace and spent ages here. This tip will show some of the loveliest buildings.

    Pagoda with reflection. Changing of the guards. Pavillion. Throne room Pavillion
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    Gyeongbokgung - Gyeonghoeru

    by elPierro Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    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.

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    Gyeongbokgung

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 21, 2004

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    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.

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