Gwangmyeongmun Gate

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Gwangmyeongmun Gate 2015-01-29T11:27:23+00:00
Inside Gwangmyeongmun Gate is a a clock, bell, and cannon at Deoksugung Palace

Inside Gwangmyeongmun Gate is a a clock, bell, and cannon

Gwangmyeongmun Gate was once the south gate at Deoksugung Palace. It contains a water clock, a hanging bronze bell from 1462, and a rocket cannon. The gate, which resembles a pavilion once led to Hamnyeongjeon Hall, where the king resided.

In 1938, during the occupation, the Japanese moved the gate near Seokjojeon Hall. At this time, the hall was being expanded.

Inside the structure is a water clock, bell, and cannon. The water clock, which is automatic striking, is known as Jagyeokru. The bell, forged in 1462 during the Joseon Dynasty, is from Heungcheonsa Temple. The cannon, which can be wheeled, uses gunpowder and can fire 100 arrows at the same time.

Close up of the cannon, bell, and water clock inside Gwangmyeongmun Gate

Close up of the cannon, bell, and water clock

Close up view of the bell hanging from the roof  inside Gwangmyeongmun gate at Deoksugung Palace

Close up view of the bell hanging from the roof