Like a phoenix, Seoul’s chief royal residence has risen a few times from the cinders of decimation. Swarms of visitors have supplanted a large number of government authorities, researchers, eunuchs, courtesans, troopers and hirelings who once lived here. Watch the changing of the watchman functions at the primary passageway Gwanghwamun, at that point put aside, in any event, a large portion of multi-day to do equity to the compound, which incorporates a few historical centers, fancy nurseries and a portion of Seoul’s most excellent engineering sights.
Initially worked by King Taejo, the organizer of the Joseon line, Gyeongbokgung filled in as the central royal residence until 1592, when it was torched during the Japanese intrusions. It lay in vestiges for almost 300 years until Heungseon Daewongun, official and father of King Gojong, began to reconstruct it in 1865. Lord Gojong moved in during 1868, yet the costly modifying undertaking for all intents and purposes bankrupted the legislature.
Through and through the castle comprised of 330 structures and had up to 3000 staff, including 140 eunuchs, all serving the illustrious family. During Japanese provincial principle, the vast majority of the royal residence was again devastated – quite a bit of what you see today is precise ongoing reproductions.
Once past the milestone Gwanghwamun, flanked by a couple of securing, monster haetae, legendary lion-like animals, head straight for the flagstone patio fronting the lavish two-story Geunjeongjeon, the primary castle building. This very amazing structure, with its twofold layered stone stage and encompassing open-sided halls, is the place rulers were delegated, met outside emissaries and led issues of state.
West of Geunjeongjeon is the terrific Gyeonghoeru, a huge raised structure laying on 48 stone columns and neglecting a counterfeit lake with two little islands. State dinners were held inside and rulers went drifting on the lake.
A progression of littler gathering lobbies go before the lord’s living quarters, Gangyeongjeon, behind which are Gyotaejeon, the ruler’s chambers. Behind that is a terraced nursery, Amisan; the block stacks enriched with life span images on the greenhouse’s top porch are to discharge the smoke from the royal residence’s ondol (underfloor warming) framework. Find how to get cheapest ticket here.
On the eastern side of the grounds is Donggun, the living quarters for the Crown Prince. To the back, King Gojong assembled more lobbies for his very own utilization and a fancy lake with Hyangwonjeong, an alluring hexagonal structure on an island.
A sound analysis and a free guided visit (at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm) are accessible in the event that you wish to become familiar with the royal residence. The prominent two-hour Starlight Tour (₩50,000; 6.30pm and 7.40pm day by day mid-March to mid-April) incorporates a 12-dish current interpretation of Korean illustrious court food, with a visit to the imperial kitchen, and a night visit of 10 areas over the castle including the structure for a live exhibition of conventional Korean music. Tickets, accessible from early March, must be purchased ahead of time on the web.