Friday, September 13, 2013

Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

Deoksugung Palace, also known as Gyeongungung, is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, it is famous for its elegant stone-wall road.

Daehanmun - The main gate of Deoksugung
Junghwajeon - The throne hall of Deoksugung

A palace where the east meets west, where medieval and modern style architecture exists together in harmony with the palace's architecture. Seokjojeon, built for use as royal quarters, is a stone building influenced by Western neoclassical architecture. The fountain in front of the building is the first to be built in Korea.

In addition to the traditional palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art.

During our visit, we managed to catch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, performed by courtyard guard dressed in colourful period traditional costumes.

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