Posted by: rbbadger | February 15, 2010

Gate

If you visit the Forbidden City or any of Seoul’s royal palaces, you notice that you have to pass through a number of different gates.  This gate is in one of the buildings in the rear of Gyeongbok Palace.  I’ve always liked this gate.  It is quite different from all of the other ones.  Gyeongbok Palace was burnt to the ground in the sixteenth century during the Hideyoshi invasion.  It was rebuilt in the 19th century by Heungseon Daewongun, regent for his son King Gojong.  In the rear of the palace, you see some brick buildings.  Most of the other buildings are made of wood.  Brick began to be used in the 19th century in Korean palace architecture.  This is probably a fairly late addition, but it is nonetheless quite lovely.

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