Completed in 1620, Gyeonghuigung (경희궁) was one of the five main Seoul Palaces. Known as the West Palace, Gyeonghuigung was constructed by King Gwanghaegun and became the detached palace for many of the kings. It was heavily damaged by fire in 1829 and again in 1883, then much of the palace was dismantled by the Japanese during their occupation to make room for schools. Most, if not all, of the existing buildings were constructed around 1985.
Due to its newness and small size, this is certainly the least impressive of the five palaces in Seoul. If you must see all five, make a quick stop here, otherwise stick to Gyeongbokgung (the main palace) and Changdeokgung (home of the Secret Garden).
It used to be a large compound with four gates and dozens of buildings. As only few of them remain today, it is not frequently visited.
Admission is free!
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