Monday, 16 February 2015

A night view of Gwanghwamun

Front gate of Kyungbokgung
24 Nov 2014 | From Akubi of Hong Kong

This 3D pstcard of Gwanghwamun was from Akubi's recent trip to South Korea. He wrote that he had such a great time experiencing the cultural spheres and traditions of Korea, and feasting his eyes with its the beguiling landscapes and magnificent temples. He then added that what he enjoyed the most are definitely the food trip and shopping around South Korea's fashion districts :p

The Kyungbokgung (Kyungbok Palace), also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was built in 1395, destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592~1598), and was restored in the years of King Gojong (1865). It was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon.

Gwanghwamun is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is located at a three-way intersection at the northern end of Sejongno. As a landmark and symbol of Seoul's long history as the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty, the gate has gone through multiple periods of destruction and disrepair.

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