Gyeonghuigung Palace

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Sungjeongmun Gate at Gyeonghuigung Palace

Sungjeongmun Gate at Gyeonghuigung Palace

Gyeonghuigung Palace is one of five grand palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. The main purpose of Gyeonghuigung was to be a secondary royal villa for the king during daily excursions and also used as a place of shelter during times of emergency.

Construction began in 1617 during the 9th ruling year of King Gwanghaegun of Joseon. He reigned from 1608 to 1623. At completion, it was known as Gyeongdeokgung. In 1760, it was finally renamed to Gyeonghuigung.

It has also been known as Seogwol, meaning palace in the west. For over 200 years, ten kings resided at this location.

Sungjeongjeon Hall and Jajeongjeon Hall were used by the king and the royal council for meetings and lectures. During this free time, the king would use these halls for his own personal living room.

Main gate of Gyeonghuigung Palace in Seoul

Main gate

Roofs of buildings at Gyeonghuigung palace

Roofs of buildings at the palace

A small bridge known as Geumcheongyo can be found crossing the Geumcheon stream near the front entrance of the Seoul Museum Of History.

By the early 1900s, about 100 buildings made up Gyeonghuigung Palace. 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.

Flowing architecture found at Gyeonghuigung Palace in Seoul

Flowing architecture



Sights


Directions

  • Take Subway Line 5 to Seodaemun Station (Exit 4).
    After exiting, continue straight and make a right at the Naeil Newspaper Office.
    Continue for 10 mintues.

Hours

  • Weekdays : 9:00-18:00
    Weekends : 10:00-18:00

Fees

  • Free

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) : 37.57109, 126.96851.
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