July 4, 2018

Chang-Gyeong-Gung Palace, Seoul..

Changgyeonggung Palace is one of the major attraction for heritage lovers in Seoul. It was built in 1483 by King Seongjong (the 9th king of the Joseon Dynasty) dedicated to his father and also to take care of the wives of the preceding kings.

It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). Majestic Myeongjeongmun Gate for welcoming the visitors and leading to  Myeongjeongjeon Hall. 

Myeongjeongjeon is the main hall of the palace, where state affairs were held, such as meetings with officials and the reception of foreign envoys. In particular, Myeongjeongjeon represents an outstanding example of 17th century Joseon architectural style and is the oldest main hall of this palace. The Royal feeling of addressing the kingdom from the dais...

However as compared to other palaces constructed by Joseon dynasty, the Changgyeonggung palace is considered as very compact, but going around the beautiful buildings in this beautiful palace on foot left me with no energy to explore any other place that day. "Compact is too big"... 


Exploring the secrets hidden inside the fabulous palaces...

There is also a pond in the premises, I was lucky to witness Frozen Daechundangji Pond. Must have been a witness of many romantic encounters...

While visiting Changgyeonggung palace, you may also visit nearby/ connected Changdeokgung as well, which is also referred to as "Donggwol," the "East Palace."

Most of the palace buildings were destroyed during the wars and invasion of Korea in 1592. The main buildings such as Myeongjeongjeon, Munjeongjeon (council hall), Hwangyeongjeon (Hall), Inyangjeon (Hall), Gongsacheong, and Honghwamun (Gate) were rebuilt by King Gwanghaegun (the 15th king of the Joseon Dynasty). Further additions to this palace like Geongeukdang, Jagyeongjeon, Wolgeunmun were done subsequently by the Joseon Dynasty.

Once a zoo has been constructed on this site by the invaders and the palace turned into "Changgyeong Garden". However since 1987, the palace has been reconstructed and now resembles its original form.

To reach here: Take subway line 4 to Hyehwa Station. Come out from exit 4 and walk about 300 m. or you can also enjoy 20 minutes walking from Namdaemun Market.

Keep exploring the Land of Morning Calm...


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