• Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul


Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is also known as the “Northern Palace” as it's the furthest north in comparison to the other palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most beautiful grandest of all five palaces and was built in 1395 by the Joseon Dynasty.  
Located at the centre of the capital city Seoul, previously known as Hanyang, it represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty.  Gyeongbokgung was the main palace until the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598), when all of the palaces were severely damaged. In 1868 the palace was rebuilt and continued for decades in until the Japanese once again demolished the palaces during their occupation of Korea (1910-1945). The Korean government has been rebuilding and restoring it since 1990 and has a 20 year plan to return it to its original glory.

Today, the palace is open to the public and includes the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum of Korea. Approximately forty percent of the buildings have been restored but it still a beautiful place to visit.