I meant to write this post when Travel was first started, perhaps doing Seoul Sunday's or something equally snappy to share some of my own travel experiences in Korea. If anyone has any questions on traveling to Korea, how to get around best, where to eat, how to get a phone or any general questions, just let me know. I lived in Korea for two years and I have more incredible stories from there than anywhere else(Shanghai comes a close second).
Today, I'm highlighting Gyeongbokgung Palace, I have it rated as my number one must visit location in all of Seoul. Originally constructed in 1395, it was burned an abandoned for almost three centuries, to be rebuilt in 1867. Then, during the occupation of Imperial Japan, it was destroyed again, and then used as a base for military operations. It is slowly be rebuilt, currently about 40 percent of the original structures still stand or have been reconstructed.
The lead image is a photo of Geunjeongjeon Hall, it was the throne hall where the king formally gave audiences to his officials, declarations of national importance and greeted foreign envoys and ambassadors. If you get this close to the building, you must walk up and look inside, the ceiling beautiful, with a set of golden dragons in the middle.
While exploring the rest of the palace is a must, the other portion I would like to highlight is Gyeonghoeru Pavillon, a hall used to hold important and special state banquets during the Joseon Dynasty. I was never able to get up close to this building. There maybe tours available, but I wasn't able to locate any during my visits there.
Travel to this site is very easy, simply get off at Gyeongbokgung Station (station#327 on Line 3). There is an admission charge, I would recommend spending 10,000 won on a book of Combination Tickets(5,000 for youth) that gives you access to Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung(including Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Jongmyo Shrine. I would also recommending drinking plenty of water and carrying a water bottle while visiting. If anyone has any questions about, please ask below. Including general questions about living in Korea.