Palgakjeong Pavilion in the autumn at Tapgol Park in Seoul

Palgakjeong Pavilion in the autumn

Palgakjeong Pavilion is a pavilion where Korean independence activists declared their independence from Japan during the March 1st Movement of 1919. It was here on March 1st, 1919 where the Korean declaration of independence was first publicly read.

This movement spread throughout the entire Korean peninsula. Thousands were ultimately killed, and many more were injured, by Japanese forces while activists were fighting for their freedom.

Palgakjeong Pavilion at Tapgol Park in Seoul

Palgakjeong Pavilion at Tapgol Park

This beautiful eight sided pavilion was built in 1902 during the 6th year of the reign of King Gojong. Construction was led by Sim Uiseok. Uiseok was a master of harmonizing both traditional and modern architectures.

Palgakjeong is built on a stone platform known as a stylobate. Columns leading from this platform lead to a plain bracket connected to a tile roof.

Paintings on the underside of the roof of Palgakjeong Pavilion at Tapgol Park in Seoul

Paintings on the underside of the roof