Gyeongbokgung Palace

By Lydia, March 2013

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Of Seoul‘s five Great Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbukgung Palace is the most important — and arguably the most beautiful — of them all. The northernmost of the five palaces, Geyongbukgung sits at the end of Sejongro Street with green rolling hills as its backdrop.

The palace was originally constructed in 1395 to serve as the primary seat of power for South Korea‘s first Joseon Dynasty kings. It has since been destroyed and rebuilt several times, first after the Japanese invaded in the late sixteenth century and reduced the entire complex to ashes, and again in the early 1900s with the occupying colonial Japanese government tore down several of the restored buildings to make room for exhibitions.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our South Korea Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in South Korea.

Photo courtesy of The Wandering Angel via Flickr

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