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Gyeongbokgung Palace was originally built as a Royal Palace in 1394. The Translation of its name is ‘Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven’. Over the years the life of the palace has been eventful. It was reconstructed in 1867, only to be almost destroyed, by the Japanese government, early in the 20th century. Since then renovation work has been undertaken and approximately forty per cent of the original palace buildings remain, or have been reconstructed. Situated in the north of South Korean capital city, Seoul, the site is popular with visitors to the country. This amazing palace is represented on this resin fridge magnet which is available to buy now from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The History Of Gyeongbokgung Palace
The Joseon Dynasty saw the construction of the original palace which was built during the reign of King Taejo and named by Jeong Do-jeon, a government minister. Although the palace saw both construction and destruction over the years it was not until the Japanese invasions of Korea from 1592 to 1598 that a dramatic change occurred when the palace was destroyed. It remained in ruins until three centuries later when a huge reconstruction took place during the Daewongun Regency. The amazing site, which stood over 432,703 square metres, was once again an icon of Imperial Korea. Its life was to remain interesting, with the departure of the Imperial family in 1895 and the near destruction by the Japanese government during the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1946. Since the South Korean government began reconstruction in 1989 though, things have become a lot more positive for this amazing part of South Korean culture.
The Great Palaces Of Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung is just one of the Great Palaces of Seoul. Deoksugung Palace was the home of various members of Korean Royalty until its occupation by the Japanese early in the 20th century. Many buildings, in a variety of design styles, are present on the site. One such building is in use as an art gallery where many commercial displays are held. Junghwajeon is an incredible building, the original throne room and audience hall of the palace, where Royal parties were held. Outside of the buildings there is an attractive forest garden for visitors to explore. Another of the palaces is Changdeokgung which reputedly was the one favoured by Korean Royalty. It has many traditional Korean features and was constructed to blend perfectly with its surroundings. These surroundings themselves are beautiful, particularly in the case of the ‘secret garden’ where trees, ponds and pavilions can be seen.
Visiting Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is a paradox of all things modern and ancient. It is the largest city in South Korea and the financial, technological and cultural centre. In certain areas it can have a conformist attitude, yet it is a hub of youth culture. It is home to serene temples but it also houses a hectic modern lifestyle with street vendors and noisy nightlife. Travelling within Seoul is made easier by the existence of vast underground railway system. Travelling to the South Korean capital is also relatively easy. International flights arrive at the Incheon International Airport in the neighbouring city of Incheon which is linked to Seoul by rail. Whether or not you decide to visit this interesting city why not purchase this resin fridge magnet, featuring Gyeongbokgung Palace, from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.