Jongmyo, Changgyeonggung Palace and Gyeongbokgung
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February 1st, 2010 – by: sarahsan
The Jongmyo has been registered as a world cultural property by UNESCO. It was here people held memorial services for the Kings and Queens of the the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). This service is called the Jongmyo memorial service and it is held in the same way today on the first Sunday of each May. The impressive buildings are set in dens woodland. Two ponds with islands houses several ducks and birds. In one of the buildings you can see an exhibition about the ceremonies that were conducted there.
From Jongmyo continue past the Hall of Everlasting Peace and walk over the footbridge to the Changgyeonggung Palace. The entrance ticket to Jongmyo also includes Changgyeonggung Palace. This palace was constructed by King Sejong in 1418 for his father. In 1483 it was enlarged for three dowager queens. This palace was also totally destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion in 1592.
Both Jongmyo and Changgyeonggung Palace are open Wednesday to Monday from 09:00-16:30 and the entrance fee is W1000.
After a dose of culture and history I needed something to eat and went back to the Insadong area and had a light lunch at the Indian Café.
My final stop for the day was Gyeongbokgung and the The National Folk Museum of Korea. Gyeongbokgung (Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven) was built in 1395 and served as the principal palace until it was reduced to ashes during the Japanese invasion of 1592. For the next 273 years it lay in ruins until it was rebuilt in 1867. Gyeongbokgung was the symbol of of national sovereignty and was demolished during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945). In 1915 90% of the palace buildings were torn down. Restoration of Gyeongbokgung to its former glory was completed in 2007. Althogether the palace consists of 330 buildings and had up to 3000 staff, including 14 eunuchs, all serving the royal family.
The National Folk Museum of Korea was free. The entrance fee to Gyeongbokgung was W3000. The Palace is open Wednesday to Monday from 09:00 to 16:00. Note that the Museum close on different day to the palace. The palace offers a free guided tour at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30.
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