Gyeongbokgung Palace

This weekend I finally visited one of Korea’s “five grand palaces”. After meeting my new friend Lienna for lunch, we headed over to the National Palace Museum. There we saw numerous artifacts from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, such as thrones, statues, clothing, jewelry, furniture, scrolls, and paintings.

replica of an ancient throne

wooden statue

Our next stop was the palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace was constructed in 1394 and is the largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name translates in English as “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven”. The grounds were very spread out and I’m not sure exactly how much we covered. I really loved how colorful the buildings were, and it was fun to take photos with the serious guards. (I didn’t know whether or not they were real people for a few minutes!)

We exited the grounds through Gwanghwamun, the main and largest gate of the palace, which serves as a landmark and symbol of Seoul’s. I was unaware that it recently underwent a major restoration project and was revealed to the public just six days before our visit!

On our way to a café to cool down with smoothies, we passed a massive gold statue of King Sejong. He was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty and created Hangul, the Korean alphabet.

-Jen Pace

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4 responses to “Gyeongbokgung Palace

  1. Mary Baumgartner

    Hi Jen, Those were beautiful pictures of the Korean dynasties. Was that Dan in a native costume? It sure looks like him. Love, Grandma

  2. Jen Pace

    no grandma, that was one of the guards! ha ha

  3. cindy

    Hey, I thought at first that that was Daniel too!!! LOL LOL
    Looks just like him!! 🙂

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