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  Changgyeong Palace
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Changgyeong was originally built in 1104 as a summer palace for the kings of the Koryo Dynasty. When the capital was moved to Seoul in 1392, the King lived here during the construction of the new palace (Gyeongbok). Unlike Chosun Dynasty palaces that have a north-south orientation, Changgyeong Palace has an east-west orientation, like many buildings of the Koryo period. Most of the buildings were burned in 1592, although most have been rebuilt at least once since then.

The only remaining gate is Honghwamun to the east. Built in 1484, like most of the buildings on the Palace grounds, it was destroyed during the 1592 Japanese invasion, but rebuilt in 1616. It is similar to Tonhwamun gate in Changdeok Palace, but has higher pillars.

Inside Honghwamun is Myongjeongmun gate and corridors surrounding Myongjeongjeon, the main throne room. Burned down in 1592, it was rebuilt in 1616, only to be destroyed again during the Japanese occupation. It was finally restored in 1986.

The main hall is Myongjeongjeon, built in 1484. In the courtyard, 2 rows of stone markers indicate the positions for attending officials to stand according to a strict hierarchy. The phoenixes on the steps represent nobility and immortality. Like the other Palace buildings, it was burned down in 1592 then rebuilt in 1616.

At the southern part of the grounds is an overpass to Chongmyo Shrine. Although the two were originally connected, during the Japanese occupation, Yulgong-no road was built between the them as a symbolic split.

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  • Written Feb 18, 2005
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