Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the second palace that I visited. After visiting Chandeokgung Palace with a tour guide ( for a really expensive guided tour…), I realized we could visit every palace in Seoul for 2000W to 3000W each or 10000W for all five (more info here). So on August 13th, my brother and I met up with my friend Michael and headed to Gyeongbokgung station and visited the palace with an English guide that was free and provided by the Palace!



It was extremely rainy that day… taking pictures was a bit of a challenge, as Michael is demonstrating haha.

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Unlike a lot of people who were already at the Palace before we arrive, the rain didn’t stop us from visiting this beautiful Palace: it was crowded at first the the more we explored the Palace, the less we saw people around.






I thought this young woman in a hanbok fit perfectly in the decor and atmosphere of the Palace!


When King Taejo founded the new kingdom of Joseon in 1392, one of the first orders of business was to move the royal capital from the ancient city of Kaesong (now in North Korea) to Seoul. A royal capital needs a palace, so in 1394 work began on a residence fit for a king. A prime site was selected in accordance with the laws of feng shui at the foot of Mt. Bugaksan, Seoul’s guardian mountain to the north. The new palace was named Gyeongbokgung, or “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” It was the heart of Korea for much of the early Joseon era (1392—1910), including the golden age under the brilliant King Sejong the Great (1418—1450). […]

Along with Changdeokgung Palace, it is considered one of the jewels of Joseon architecture, with its grand wooden halls, beautiful ponds and spectacular scenery set against the backdrop of Mt. Bugaksan. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Korea, as well as home of two of the country’s most important museums, the National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea.” Official Site of Korea Tourism


This picture is my favourite picture from my whole trip: the Hyangwonjeong Pavilion. Although I am convinced it looks wonderful on a nice sunny day, the weather that day gave it a nice gloomy and nostalgic vibe.

Just like for Chandeokgung Palace, it was easy to get lost and relax despite the weather we had that day. Definitely worth visiting, especially for 3000W!

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