Discover Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul: the most important royal palace of South Korea.
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Gyeongbokgung is the most important royal palace among the “Five Grand Palaces” built during the Joseon dynasty. It is located in the northern part of Seoul.
Gyeongbokgung is composed by several buildings: the central body built in 1395. The Throne hall, in the middle of a big paved courtyard. And finally the Banquet pavilion, a really beautiful building in the middle of an artificial lake. The garden is very big and well kept, and it reflects the landscaping design of the period with ponds, small bridges and hidden paths.
Sadly I discovered that on Monday all the other palaces were closed. Including the famous Secret Garden which I was dying to see. However, Gyeongbokgung is our Best Choice because it’s the most important one and it will surely give you an idea of the Joseon dynasty.
The other four palaces are:
Deoksugung: today the National Palace Museum of Korea, it retraces the history of the dynasty through 40.000 works and documents on the monarchy.
Gyeonghuigung: the secondary palace, built in 1623; it was completely destroyed during the Japanese occupation and then partially reconstructed at the end of 1900.
Changgyeonggung: the residence of the widow queens, built in 1616, is a wonderful expression of Korean architecture with long pavilions and curved roofs.
Changdeokgung: the prosperity palace, built in 1395, is a group of 13 buildings that was the main residence of the kings for almost 300 years.
Text and pictures by Ludovica Amodeo Grabau