The main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty , the Gyeongbokgung is located in northern Seoul in South Korea. This is the largest among the five palaces constructed by the Joseon Dynasty. The Palace served as the king’s house and was the administrative center during the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was constructed with the backdrop of the Mount Bugak.
Many of the visitors coming to Seoul make it a point to visit the palace. The accommodation options in Seoul have been ever evolving. However the modern trend has been the Seoul Serviced Apartments. One of the highly recommended options for such apartments has been Somerset Palace Seoul. Conveneiently located these modern self contain apartments are a perfect place to stay for those exploring Seoul.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace was once destroyed by a fire and was abandoned for two centuries. However the palace’s 7700 rooms were restored under the leadership of Prince Regent Heungseon. Around 500 buildings in the 40 hectare site were also restored. Duing the 20th century most of the palace destroyed by imperial Japan. There has been restoration work going on since to bring it back to its original form.
A forty year restoration was initiated t bring the palace back to its original form . The palace complex has many interesting buildings and architectural wonders within it. Such as the bridges , after the main gate the visitors meet the small bridge of Yeongjegyo which is over the canal with many imaginary creatures known as Seosu.
Bihyeongak is where the royal educational activities take place and means big and bright.Some of the prominent buildings in the premises are the Gangnyeongjeon building, which is the main residing house of the king. Consisting of well designed fourteen chambers and corridors.Gyotaejeon was the rising house of the queen during the Joseon Dynasty. A trip to the palace premises is a must do when visiting Seoul.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+