Palaces in Seoul

Gyeonghuigung

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Gyeonghui Palace (in Korean: Gyeonghuigung, literally Palace of Serene Harmony) was a palace located in Seoul, South Korea. It was one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty.

In the latter Joseon period, Gyeonghuigung served as the secondary palace for the king, and as it was situated on the west side of Seoul, it was also called Seogwol (a palace of the west). The Secondary palace is usually the palace where the King moves to in times of emergency.

From King Injo to King Cheoljong, about ten kings of Joseon dynasty stayed here at Gyeonghuigung. This palace was built using the slanted geography of the surrounding mountain, has traditional beauty in its architecture and a lot of historical significance. For a time, it was of a considerable size, even to the point of having an arched bridge connecting it to Deoksugung palace. For the king’s royal audience, there were the Sungjeongjeon and Jajeongjeon buildings, and for sleeping, Yungbokjeon and Hoesangjeon buildings.

The Japanese completely destroyed Gyeonghuigung during the Japanese occupation period in order to build a school for Japanese citizens. Reconstruction started in the 1990s as part of the South Korean government's initiative to rebuild the "Five Grand Palaces" heavily destroyed by the Japanese. However, due to urban growth and decades of neglect, the government was only able to reconstruct around 33% of the former Palace.

It is Historic Site No. 271.

In the grounds today are the Seoul Museum of History and The Seoul Museum annex of art. It also houses Prada's Transformer.

See also

  • List of palaces
  • Korean architecture
  • History of Korea

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nari.be
9 February 2012
From King Injo to King Cheoljong, about ten kings of Joseon dynasty stayed here at Gyeonghuigung
flyme2themoon
4 September 2013
1776년 정조의 즉위식이 열렸던 궁궐. 도성 안의 서쪽에 있다하여 서궐로 불리웠음.  1910년 일본인들이 경성중학교를 짓기위해 철거하기 시작해서 지금은 여러 건물들이 없어짐.
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