Lets go to Gyeongbokgung Palace!

Greetings fellow travelers! South Korea is known for it’s palaces as a popular tourist attraction. Famous palaces include Gwanghamun, Deoksugung, and Changdeokgung. Today I visited Gyeongbokgung palace. The English translation means the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.”

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Stunning palace
Walking around the palace

The palace was rebuilt after World War 2 after the Japanese occupation. The palace looks stunning at first glance.The first thing I saw when I entered the massive square were the palace guards. I was unlucky since I missed the changing of the guard ceremony, but I got to take some cool pictures!

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Gotta love the outfit!
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Drum used for changing of the guard

My favorite part of the palace was the king’s throne. Another interesting thing about the palace is that it has heated floors during the winter. They use hot water underneath the floors to make the floors warmer. It’s interesting because this is still practiced in traditional Korean homes today. There are traditional Korean homes that surround the palace which you can visit for free along with a gift shop to buy souvenirs. There is also a mountain trail close by and City Hall nearby as well. This was my first palace in Seoul but I’m sure it won’t be my last:)

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I wish I could sit up there
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Interior of the throne room
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Lovely little house on a pond
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Pond surrounding the palace
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I wonder how long it took to paint the ceiling

 

Deoksugung

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