"Kyongbokkung" Gyeongbokgung Palace Tip by Tom_Fields

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul: 93 reviews and 220 photos

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This great palace, also spelled "Gyeongbokgung", is the largest of Seoul's five palaces. Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, built it in 1395. It served as the main royal palace for nearly 200 years. That is, until the Japanese invasion of 1592, when it was burned to the ground.

In the 1860s, restoration was begun. However, during the Japanese occupation of the early 20th century, they were mostly destroyed or moved. The Japanese occupiers also built a huge administration building (the Seokjojeon building) in front of the palace. It was their way of "dissing" the Koreans. After World War II, and Korean independence, it became the National Museum of Korea. Today, that museum is housed in a new building.

Restoration was resumed recently, and continues to this day. The parts that have been restored are certainly impressive.

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Directions: From Exit No. 5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No.3), walk 5 minutes.
othercontact: 82-2-732-1931 (Korean)
Phone: 782-8262
Website: http://gyeongbok.ocp.go.kr

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 7, 2006
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