Found in the northern part of Seoul, Gyeongbokung Palace built in 1395 served as the premier palace of the Five Grand Palaces that were constructed during the time of the Joseon Dynasty. A popular hotspot for those choosing to holiday in Seoul, the palace offers valuable insights into the past and can be reached by staying at a Seoul apartment in the vicinity. Select a serviced apartment Seoul has to offer at Somerset Palace Seoul.
Having been subject to many restoration efforts during its illustrious history, the palace comprises of numerous parts which were used by the kings and queens of old. Geunjeongjeon also referred to as the throne hall was where the king greeted foreign leaders and gave judgment on matters of national importance. The Royal Banquet Hall made of stone and wood is yet another imposing feature of the palace and offers visitors a glimpse of how royalty once functioned. Additionally the decorative walls of Jagyeongjeon which was the quarters of the King’s mother can be viewed in all its glory. However one must take time to call at the impressive Taewonjeon which is an ancient shrine dedicated to the founder of the Jodeon Dynasty; King Taejo. It was here where many rituals were performed in remembrance of the deceased members of royalty. If heading over to Seoul with the family, why not choose to head over to Gyeongbokung Palace, bathed in rich symbolisms of a bygone time.
The lively city of Seoul, capital city of South Korea, boasts an impressive cultural and historical legacy ripe for closer exploration, whether your travels to Seoul are for business or pleasure. When seeking accommodation in the city, consider an exclusive Seoul apartment such as those featured at the Somerset Palace Seoul. With luxury interiors and close proximity to many of Seoul’s entertainment and dining options, this is the ideal choice of Seoul serviced apartments for any corporate or vacation trip. Close by is the beautiful Gyeongbok Palace, which has seen a tumultuous history and it is a Seoul landmark worthy of exploration. Built in the fourteenth century under the patronage of the Joseon Dynasty, it suffered a complete razing courtesy of a fire in the sixteenth century and then later destruction by the Japanese empire in the early twentieth century. However, in the past fifty years, the South Korean government has undertaken a massive reconstruction project to restore the Gyeongbok Palace to its former glory, and as of 2010, almost 40% of the restoration work had been completed. The palace was built three years after the establishment of the Joseon Dynasty, and it served as its primary palace. It was situated in the very epicenter of then Korea’s capital city, blanked by the magnificent Mount Bugaksan as a backdrop. After the palace was razed to the ground in a fire and abandoned for almost three centuries, it witnessed reconstruction on a grand scale in 1867 at the order of Prince Regent Heungseon Daewongun. He oversaw an elaborate construction of 330 structures organised in a complex labyrinthine design, which unfortunately was completely destroyed by the Japanese empire during its occupation of the country. Despite the travails the palace has suffered, it is now en route to assuming the mantle of the prominent palace it held during the height of the Joseon Dynasty.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.