Saturday, 10 September 2011

Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁

Had a chance to visit one of the palaces located in Seoul.

Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁

Went out from the subway (Seoul Metro) - station Gwang Hwa Mun 광화문and saw this King Sejong's statue.
King Sejong 세종대왕 is the one who made hangeul alphabet

This is Gwang Hwa Mun gate - the first gate.
I realized the axis of the plaza in front of the gate is not symmetrically straight to the gate.
I asked oppa why they don't make the axis of the plaza same like the axis of the gate..

So the story is this place was destroyed by Japanese before..
Actually the original palace has the same axis straight to Han River.. But Japanese changed the axis for reason (read the story at wikipedia or if you'd like to know about Korean Japanese saga, please read this. About this Gyeongbokgung Palace is at the Part III.)

So because all of other buildings and road around this area has been built by the axis made by Japanese, later when the government want to build the plaza at the front of Gwanghwamun, they can't do anything but to go by the axis of the existing buildings and road (axis made by Japanese).

Let's enter  ! There's another gate ! 흥례문..

This is the main hall of Gyeongbokgung Palace - Geunjeongjon 근정전

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