Korea Trip Part 2 - Gyeongbokgung 경복궁

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Annyeong again LOL
(My problem that I encountered previously was fixed! It turns out that I block popups and I did not allow blogger.com's popups and I could not upload my pic)
  This post is about me going to Gyeongbokgung :) It is a palace located in northern Seoul, South Korea. As what I got from wiki, it is first constructed in 1395 then burned and abandoned for 3 centuries then reconstructed again in 1867. 
Gyeongbok means "Greatly Blessed by Heaven" and Gung means "Palace".
Gyeongbokgung station - Seoul subway Line 3 (nearest subway station) Exit 5

Once u walk out, u can already see Gyeongbokgung
 YAY we are finally here :D
 The weather is hot and sultry that day. I think the scenery will be better n prettier if it is during winter time.
Thing to bring during raining season : UMBRELLA / RAINCOAT, SUNBLOCK, SHADES, WATER etc... the rain comes suddenly even during a sunny day. weird weather.
 The entrance fee is 3000 won per person. Around RM9 lah :)
 The main entrance

 Heungnyemun gate
 Jiaxin posing
 My turn :D

 The handcraft work done by the ancient people is really fantastic. The made everything so detailed ! so much patience ! *Salute*
 we took a lot of typical tourist shot there HAHA
 Me in front of the Geunjeongjeon hall.
 Yi Hwan posing at the Gwanghwamun gate 
 The flowers there are all so pretty :D
 so many tourist...most of them are from China and Japan 

 I was told by my friend that the floor tiles are meant to be uneven because they want the people in the olden days to walk carefully O.o isit true? LOL
 Inside Guenjeongjeon :) I shall just copy n paste the info from wiki :P

Geunjeongjeon (Hangul근정전Hanja勤政殿), also known as Geunjeongjeon Hall, is the throne hall where the king formally granted audiences to his officials, gave declarations of national importance, and greeted foreign envoys and ambassadors during the Joseon Dynasty.[7]The building was designated as Korea's National Treasure No. 223 on January 8, 1985.
Geunjeongjeon was originally constructed in 1395 during the reign of King Taejo, but was burned down in 1592 when the Japanese invaded Korea. The present building was built in 1867 when Gyeongbokgung was being reconstructed. The name Geunjeongjeon, created by the minister Jeong Dojeon, means "diligence helps governance."
Constructed mainly of wood, Geunjeongjeon sits on the center of a large rectangular courtyard, on top of a two-tiered stone platform. This two-tiered platform is lined with detailed balustrades and is decorated with numerous sculptures depicting imaginary and real animals, such as dragons and phoenixes. The stone-paved courtyard is lined with two rows of rank stones, called pumgyeseoks (Hangul품계석Hanja品階石), indicating where the court officials are to stand according to their ranks. The whole courtyard is fully enclosed by wooden cloisters.

 The lake in front of the Gyeonghoeru

Gyeonghoeru (Hangul경회루Hanja慶會樓), also known as Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, is a hall used to hold important and special state banquets during the Joseon Dynasty. 
The first Gyeonghoeru was constructed in 1412, the 12th year of the reign of King Taejong, but was burned down during the Japanese invasions of Korea in 1592. The present building was constructed in 1867 (the 4th year of the reign of King Gojong) on an island of an artificial, rectangular lake that is 128 m wide and 113 m across.
Constructed mainly of wood and stone, Gyeonghoeru has a form where the wooden structure of the building sits on top of 48 massive stone pillars, with wooden stairs connecting the second floor to the first floor. The outer perimeters of Gyeonghoeru are supported by square pillars while the inner columns are cylindrical; they were placed thus to represent the idea of Yin & Yang. When Gyeonghoeru was originally built in 1412, these stone pillars were decorated with sculptures depicting dragons rising to the sky, but these details were not reproduced when the building was rebuilt in the 19th century. Three stone bridges connect the building to the palace grounds, and corners of the balustrades around the island are decorated with sculptures depicting twelve Zodiac animals.

 We also went to the museum located in the inner part of the palace. Free entrance :)

 Group picturesssss!!!

 My experience in Gyeongbokgung was awesome! This is a MUST VISIT PLACE if it is your first time to Seoul, Korea :)
After that we went to had Korean food. I just cant say NO to Korean food....ohmygawd I love em all! I hope I have the chance to come again in future. Food price average RM 15 - RM 30. Depends on where and what you eat. Not so pricey la :D  KOREA I will be back !!!


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