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Monday, April 29, 2013

Our World - Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul

The largest of the ancient grand palaces in the South Korean capital, Gyeongbok Palace  (Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven) is one of my favourite places to visit in Seoul. It is also one of the most historically significant sites in Korea. I find that the palace is very reminiscent of the Forbidden City in Beijing, although on a much smaller scale.

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It was a beautiful start to autumn when we visited the area. Leaves began to change from green to other beautiful colours and the leaves covering the ground was a sight to behold.


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Entering through one of the inner gateways, the palace takes you through a large square where you can see a fantastic view of the beautiful backdrop of National Folk Museum of Korea. We managed to visit the place too but I'll post them another time.


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Within the complex, there are tons of ornate buildings with elaborate colored paintings signifying the royal power.


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According to my research, the palace was built in 1395 and destroyed twice during Japanese occupation and were later restored 250 years later with additional buildings and architectures. Even now a little scaffolding can be seen.


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It's kind of interesting to walk around the palace grounds and imagine how the royal family used to live hundreds of years ago.



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Most of the buildings in the palace are quite small but the palace grounds are quite large. I wish I remembered more in detail about this particular building, but there was way too much to be taking in all at once just being there.


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Moving along, it's also quite common to see these miniature statues standing on top of historical Korean buildings. Each of them represents a different animal, supposedly portraying an old folk story!


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Another impressive building not to be missed  is Guenjeongjeon, the main throne hall of Gyeongbok Palace. This is where the King formally meets foreign envoys.

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25 comments:

  1. Been to Korea 3 years ago. Been to this magnificient palace during winter. Like you said, very beautiful palace.

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  2. Oh those animals on the rooftop can also be found in Chinese temples. Wonder if they are the same animals?

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  3. We have quite different roofs in Europe so these forms are very interesting for us. Do you know the history of this roof form? If so then please share with me. Have a great week.
    Greetings

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    1. as far as i can tell, the building was built in the style of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea.

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  4. Beautiful rooftop with such intricate art work. That's a great way to point camera upwards shooting nice piece of masterpiece

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  5. The architecture and shapes are supremely lovely! Fabulous shots.

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  6. Terrific captures and incredibly beautiful architecture! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week!

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  7. Wow, thanks for the lovely tour of the Palace. It is beautiful! Wonderful photos, have a happy week!

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  8. so many intricate details to enjoy and photograph.

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  9. An interesting post and lovely photos.

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  10. Great shots - I think that's the palace I saw when I was in Seoul in the '90s.

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  11. those pictures bring back fond memories..

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  12. Beautiful shots of the palace. I liked the architecture.

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  13. the details are incredible! another great post...thanks for sharing.

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  14. Nice pictures, I love that exquisite oriental architecture! Greetings.

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  15. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  16. Teautiful captures! In 2007 we visited the Forbidden City -and you're right - similar roof tops and decorative items (maybe it has to do with that Korea also has been occupied by China at one time, and China has been occupied by Japan)

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  17. Interesting history and great captures there to tell the story

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  18. The craftsmanship applied on the roof are admirable. Awesome!

    Happy Weekend! :)

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  19. I visited this palace too but it was under thick snow in Winter! The lake was frozen with ice too. LOL It is a pity that the Japanese invasion had destroyed too many ancient palaces and buildings all over Korea.

    The animals above the roof would show the status of the owners. That one in your photo has the maximum which certifies it was an Emperor's palace. Other ranking Royalties or high ranked officers would have lesser animals & symbols so forth. This also applies to ancient buildings in China.

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  20. Thanks for the history lesson sweetie, lovely photos as always. :)

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  21. My SIL is crazy over anything Korea and she can't wait for a return visit. :)

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