Throne in Seoul

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The Gyeongbokgung (palace greatly blessed by Heaven) built in 1395, is the biggest palace in Korea. It was totally reduced to ashes during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was then rebuilt again in 1867. Again, it was torn down in 1915 by the Japanese. It is from 1990 that the palace has been restored and renovated to its present glory. Korean history is such a sad story. Always filled with war, slavery and fear... Even now, North Korea seem to pose a pertinent threat to the South.

The palace was a must visit place when my parents visited Korea in August. They liked the Korean building structure and were impressed by its size but were totally tired by the amount of walking involved in seeing it!

Gyeongbokgung subway station
Long walk in the Gyeongbokgung subway station which was filled with pretty patterns
Entrance to the Gyeongbokgung
Entrance to the Gyeongbukgung 
Throne Hall of the Gyeongbokgung
Throne Hall of the Gyeongbokgung
Guardians carved on top of the palace
Guardians of the palace find their place in the top of the palace structure

Artifacts from the palace
Artifacts from the palace

The Throne room
The King's Throne at the Gyeongbokgung
T for Throne for ABC Wednesday

The golden dragon, symbol of good luck at Gyeongbokgung
The golden dragon, symbol of good luck at Gyeongbokgung

Beautiful decorations adorn the walls of the throne room
Beautiful decorations adorn the walls of the throne room at the Gyeongbokgung
Slopey roofs of the Gyeongbokgung
Slopey roofs of the Gyeongbokgung
The lake in Gyeongbokgung
This is where the king entertained important guests, in a beautiful place in the middle of a lake. 


The changing guard ceremony in front of Gwanghwamun
The changing guard ceremony in front of the Gwanghwamun

Gwangwhamun
Gwanghwamun gate encloses the palace and demarcates it from the skyscrapers in Seoul



Changing guard ceremony in Seoul
Changing Guard ceremony in Seoul



 

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