Gyeonghuigung Palace (경희궁)
Gyeonghuigung (경희궁) is one of five grand palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty.
Construction began in 1617 during the 9th ruling year of Gwanghaegun of Joseon. At completion, it was known as Gyeongdeokgung. In 1760, it was renamed to Gyeonghuigung. It has also been known as Seogwol, meaning palace in the west.
The main purpose of Gyeonghuigung was to be a secondary royal villa for the king during daily excursions and also used during times of emergency. For over 200 years, ten kings resided at this location. Sungjeongjeon and Jajeongjeon were used by the king for meetings and lectures.
By the early 1900s, about 100 buildings made up Gyeonghuigung. During the Japanese occupation of Korea most of these buildings were either destroyed or removed to make way for schools for Japanese children.
In the 1990s, reconstruction work was started to restore the decayed royal residence to its former glory. Though many of the gates and halls have since been restored, it still looks very different from its original design and features. In 2002, the area was reopened to the public.
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Directions And Getting There
Weekdays : 9:00 - 18:00
Weekends : 10:00 - 18:00
GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) : 37.57109, 126.96851.