|Changgyeonggung Palace from afar.|
|Honghwamun, the main gate.|
More of Changgyeonggung Palace after the jump!
Like the other palaces, Changgyeonggung Palace suffered the same fate in the hands of the Japanese colonial empire, with most of the buildings burnt to the ground.
The palace was eventually rebuilt in 1616, during the reign of King Gwanghaegun. The three main buildings - Honghwamun Gate, Myeongjongmun Gate, and Myeongjeongjeon Hall are the oldest buildings that remain in the palace today.
Myeongjeongjeon Hall, which serves as the meeting area with palace officials and the reception area for official banquets, is also the oldest main hall of all the palaces in Seoul.
|A brief history of the palace.|
|The seat of power.|
|A closer look at the entrance to the throne hall.|
However, it is smaller than its counterparts in Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, as this building was meant to be a residence for dowager queens rather than a throne hall.
At Sungmundang Hall, the King would hold banquets to discuss state affairs and classical literature. He often received university students in this building, where he would test their knowledge and hold celebrations in their honor.
|Haminjeong Pavillion right across Sungmundang Hall.|
Located nearby is the Munjeongjeon, a council hall where the king deals with routine state affairs. This building was also used to enshrine royal tablets after funerals.
|Halls facing each other.|
|Tongmyeongjeong Hall, main building where the kings and their families lived.|
|Hwangyeongjeon Hall, a residence hall.|
|King Seongjong's Taesil.|
|Taesilbi (Placenta Burial Marker).|
|King Jeongjo: His Taste.|
The event was called 'King Jeongjo: His Taste', so at first I thought it was some sort of banquet featuring the king's favorite dishes.
|Paint brushes of all shapes and sizes.|
|A replica of King Jeongjo's artwork and poetry.|
|Stamps with various designs.|
|Guests can use the stamps to their hearts' content.|
|I guess King Jeongjo loved tea? :)|
Yue enjoyed this exhibition a lot, mostly because of the stamps, but I was a bit cautious as there were lots of fragile things on display. I wanted to leave the area as soon as he had his picture taken out of fear of having to pay a gazillion won for that precious tea set. Haha!185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
I told him we'll go for a stroll in the garden, as there are 'cool' things outside. And by that I meant the observatory, the sundial, and the punggidae.
To get to Changgyeonggung Palace, take Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 3. From the exit, walk straight towards the east along Yulgok-ro for about 1 km. Turn left to Changgyeonggung-ro, and walk about 300 meters until you reach the entrance.
|Punggidae, a stone measuring instrument used to detect the speed of wind|
and the direction it is blowing.
|Enjoying the spring breeze. :)|