Exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace

Even though I visit Korea often, it’s been several years since I’ve visited the vast Gyeongbokgung Palace complex in Seoul. This trip, I decided to go there with my wife to show her one of the important centrepieces of the Joseon dynasty.

Even though most of the original structure was destroyed during the imperial rule of Japan in the first half of the 20th Century, most of it has been beautifully reconstructed.

Here’s a few of the pictures from our visit . . .

A pair of stone tigers flank the magnificent front gate.

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You can also see a ceremony involving the guards who are wearing traditional garb.

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I simply adore the architecture of the palace. The elegant curves of the rooflines offer many romantic vistas as you explore the complex.

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Many figures from the Oriental zodiac surround the royal throne room, including this monkey.

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Here is a better overall view of the throneroom.

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This is the magnificent ceiling of the throne room.

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Here is the banquet hall, situated amidst a pool of semi-frozen water. If only it had been gently snowing!gyeongbok-banquethall

There are many Korean totem poles (called jangseung) in the folk village area of the complex. Traditionally, they are placed on the perimeter of a village to ward of evil spirits.

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Of course, I am fascinated by doors, doorways, and all things to do with doors—locks, keys, hinges . . . you name it. I captured many of them during my visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace!

Here’s a few of my favourite pics . . .

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