Gyeongbokgung Palace

Our first misadventure in Seoul was our trip to Gyeongbokgung Palace.  Excited to visit since it's remarked as the most beautiful and largest of all 5 palaces, we didn't realize that it is closed every Tuesday.  (And, for some odd reason, the day we wanted to visit again this year was also a Tuesday.  I guess it just wasn't meant to be.  We decided to visit Changdeokgung Palace instead.)  Still, even with it closed, the surrounding area was a sight to see.

At Gyeongbokgung Station, there is a replica of the Pullomun Gate at Changdeokgung Palace.  Legend says that passing under the gate will make you eternally young.  Well, hope walking through this replica gives the same effects!

Seeing these in the station before our exit made us excited.

Our first view of the palace grounds:  Heungnyemun Gate, the second inner gate.

The stone stupa for the Buddhist Monk Jigwang-guksa.  Built around 1085 at Beopcheonsa Temple, it was taken to Japan in 1913 during its colonial rule of Korea.  It was returned in 1915 and placed in Gyeongbokgung Palace, and it was relocated to just south of the Heungyemen Gate in 1990.

Gwanghwamun Gate

Detail of the double-roof pavilion
Afterward, we visited The Story of King Sejong at Gwanhwamun Square since it was located across the street.

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Location:  1-1 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Phone:  +82-2-3700-3900

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