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Friday, December 30, 2011

Gyeongbokgung Palace

The first stop in our Seoul-searching day is the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

We took the train and stopped at Gyeongbokgung station.



 



Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace located in northern SeoulSouth Korea. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as "Palace of Shining Happiness."
Nearly destroyed by the Japanese government in the early 20th century, the walled palace complex is slowly being restored to its original form prior to destruction. As of 2009, roughly 40 percent of the original number of palace buildings still stand or are reconstructed. - from Wikipedia 
We had a great time taking photos at the G-Palace. Plus we were in time to catch the changing of guards which happens every hour. There were a lot of tourist as well so yeah, it was a challenge to get a photo without them at the background. We didn't try to go inside the palace since it's already about to close in an hour. We just then sufficed ourselves with the views outside and...photo op with the Korean guards and police!

It was awesome to see right in the middle of bustling city, a temple such as this. I'm quite mesmerized that it is well maintained and tourist friendly and accessible - very near the train station.

We walked across to find more wonderful sights to see and yes to celebrate our freedom to be camera happy!

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