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GYEONGBOKGUNG

(Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven)

 

Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace located in northern Seoul, South Korea. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 18677, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.

The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven." Heavily destroyed by the Japanese government in the early 20th century, the palace complex is slowly being restored to its original form prior the destruction. As of 2009, roughly 40 percent of the original number of palace buildings still stand or are being reconstructed.

 

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GYEONGHUIGUNG

(Palace of Serene Harmony)

 

Gyeonghui Palace (in Korean: Gyeonghuigung, literally Palace of Serene Harmony) was a palace located in Seoul, South Korea. It was one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty. In the latter Joseon period, Gyeonghuigung served as the secondary palace for the king, and as it was situated on the west side of Seoul, it was also called Seogwol (a palace of the west). The Secondary palace is usually the palace where the King moves to in times of emergency.

Reconstruction started in the 1990s as part of the South Korean government's initiative to rebuild the "Five Grand Palaces" heavily destroyed by the Japanese. However, due to urban growth and decades of neglect, the government was only able to reconstruct around 33% of the former Palace.

 

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CHANGDEOKGUNG

(Palace of Prospering Virtue)

 

Changdeokgung, also known as Changdeokgung Palace or Changdeok Palace, is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Because of its location east of Gyeongbok Palace, CHangdeokgung, with Changgeyonggung, is also referred to as the East Palace (東闕, Donggwol). The literal meaning of Changdeokgung (昌德宮) is "Palace of Prospering Virtue".

Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many princes of the Joseon Dynasty and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung. One such element is the fact that the building of Changdeokgung blend with the topography of the site instead of imposing upon nature.