This is the Gyeongbok Palace located in Seoul, South Korea. I was told that ‘gung’ translates to ‘palace’. So the direct translation of Gyeongbokgung is ‘Gyeongbok Palace’ in English. It’s a royal palace that was first constructed in 1395, then burned and abandoned for almost three centuries and then reconstructed in 1867. It’s the main and largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty.
If you can see in the first few photos, modern high rise office buildings surround this ancient palace. This is what is attractive about Seoul. Within such an urbanised and modern city, Seoul also retains the heart and soul of it’s rich culture. Keeping traditions alive, the palace acts as a symbolic reminder to South Koreans about their historical roots.
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