Every country has a rich history and I got interested in South Korea’s history after visiting it for the first time back in 2012. It was so fascinating to see the numerous Pavilions all over the city of Seoul surrounded by skyscrapers. There are 5 grand palaces in Seoul (from the Joseon Dynasty) – Chandeokgung, Channyeonggung, Gyeongbokgung, Gyeonghuigng and Deoksung palace. These 5 palaces along with Jongmyo Shrine are deemed must visit places in Seoul for the tourists.
I first visited the Changdeokgung palace because I was really curious about the Secret garden! Unfortunately, we missed the entry time for the Secret Garden by 10 minutes. We still visited the palace and the adjoining Changgyeonggung Palace. We had visited the Jogmyo Shrine earlier in the day. I was disappointed to miss the Tour of the Secret garden but I enjoyed roaming around the Chandeokgung palace and taking photos. I respect every culture but I must admit that the word Palace in my mind evokes the pictures of the Mysore palace and some palaces in India that I have visited so I was at first surprised to see these World Heritage Sites. I went in with an open mind and enjoyed my little trip! Anyway. I visited the Changdeokgung palace and the Secret Garden in the Fall of 2013 so to kept the Gyeongbokgung Palace on my must-visit list until this Sunday. And I am glad I visited it in Spring!
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the grandest and most beautiful palaces of the 5 grand palaces of Joseon Dynasty. Gwanghwamun gate is the main entry gate for the Gyeongbokgung palace and it is a landmark in the area!
Gyeongbokgung palace is divided into many sections and it is surrounded by mountains on 2 sides making the surroundings even more picturesque and serene.
Two museums – National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum – offer free entry to the palace visitors. Both of these museums are connected to the palace through different entry gates.
The main attractions of the Gyeongbokgung Palace are – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond. I spent some time taking photos there and taking in the beauty of the surroundings. The Cherry Blossoms trees were everywhere making it look even more spectacular!
I have already seen the other palaces so I did not spend a lot of time going into each section of the palace. I just covered the main areas and took photos at every opportunity. I did not have enough time to visit the National Palace Museum (plus I was tired) but I did spend some time checking out the National Folk Museum.
Of all the histroic sites that I have seen in Seoul, I loved the Gyeongbokgung Palace the most, especially because I got to see the Changing Guard Ceremony at the entrance gate. It was fun and interesting to watch. I also got a photo with a guard at the palace!
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the Gyeongbokgung Palace from my lens. Check out the details at Visit Korea English website. This post is a part of the ongoing A to Z blogging challenge (today’s alphabet is G)