Seokjojeon Hall: Neoclassical Western Style Building

Neoclassical Western Style Building
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Seokjojeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace, a Western style building where King Gojong once resided

Seokjojeon Hall, a Western style building where King Gojong once resided

Seokjojeon Hall, built in 1910, is a Western style building used as an audience hall and sleeping quarters of King Gojong and later as an art museum. The architectural style is 19th century neoclassical, with ionic style colonnades, and a triangular roof. This is very unique to Korea and interesting compared to other buildings at Deoksugung.

In 1938, the west wing of the building was expanded. During the expansion, a garden and fountain were constructed in front and Gwangmyeongmun Gate was moved to its current location.

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