There are five main palaces scattered around Seoul, South Korea, and Gyeongbokung palace is the most spectacular palace that one must visit.
It was built in 1395. Palace was destroyed by a fire in the late 1500 but was restored, adding more than 500 buildings in the 1800s. Like the forbidden city in Beijing, China, Gyeongbokung is a complex of buildings, gardens, halls, and pavilions, and it is a city inside a metropolis.
Palace ground is filled with ponds and ornate statues. It is the best place for an afternoon walk to remember. Highlights are:
- The Throne Hall.
- The royal banquet hall and Hyangwonjeong
- A two-story pavilion on a small island
If you stand under the main palace roof and gaze up, you will be amazed by the vibrant colors.
If you have some days in Seoul, you must include this palace in your itinerary. This is the one to see! Make sure you have a pre-planned guided tour in Seoul, especially if you plan to visit Gyeongbokung palace, as it is a famous tourist attraction and can get crowded.