I made it to Gyeongbokgung Palace this weekend. I had been planning this field trip for most of the week. I picked the perfect time of the year to go because this month they were opening the palace for night tours as well. So, I booked myself an Airbnb close to the area and planned my stay. I decided that since I was planning on doing both the day tour and the night tour, the massive palace grounds in itself would take up the day.
I ended up taking almost 300 pictures. I promise I did not put them all here, but there is quite a bit. Nor do I plan to write a long post this time around. Instead, I am going to give a brief history of the palace and then let the pictures do the talking.
A couple things to note, I love angles and the intricate paintings they used on the woodwork, so you will see quite a few pictures of that. Also, I noticed small iron figures on the angles of the roofs. I was very curious about them and took a number of pictures. I actually found out on the way home today by an older Korean achitect that they were placed to ward off evil spirits.
I happened to go during a handbook festival, this is why you see so many people dressed in traditional clothes, that and the palace gives a discount for dressing up. I snapped a few photos people wearing hanbok, but I will use them for another post soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 it is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest, and some would argue that it is also the most beautiful.
The grounds were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Remarkably, the most representative structures of the Joseon Dynasty, both Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, have remained relatively intact.
Palace by day:
Palace by night:
A few other random pictures of the neighborhood: