One of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul is the Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace. Often referred to as Northern Palace due to the fact that it is located in Northern Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace is considered the most beautiful and the largest of the five grand palaces built during the Joseon dynasty.
Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the home of the kings of the Joseon dynasty as well as the kings’ households. The massive palace also housed various government offices used to successfully run the dynasty.
Although constructed in 1395, some of Gyeongbokgung Palace’s most important elements like the Hyangwonjeong Pond and the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion have remained intact and spotless up to this day.
Today, the palace has been marked Historic Site No 117 and is frequented by hundreds of thousands of visitors from various parts of the world.
Here are my photos of the gorgeous Gyeongbokgung Palace:
A long stretch of open space called the Gwanghwamun Plaza holds the statue of two of Korea’s biggest historical figures – Lee Soon Shin and King Sejong. Behind their statue is the iconic Gwanghwamun Gate which leads visitors to the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Details of the grand Gwanghwamun Gate
The sumunjang (royal guard) standing guard at the Gwanghwamun Gate
Visitors who come into the palace in traditional costume are allowed free access.
Upon entering the Gwanghwamun Gate, a vast courtyard and another gate welcome guests.
Visitors making their way towards the throne hall of the palace
Satchmo poses for a photo
Interior of the Throne Hall of the Gyeongbokgung Palace
Intricate designs of palace structures
Elaborate stonework in various parts of the palace grounds
Traditional outfit of various personalities that frequent the palace grounds
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA