When coming to Korea, one of the first places most people go to is Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) in Seoul. This is the largest of the five palaces (Gyeongbokgung -경복궁, Changdeokgung - 창덕궁,Changyeonggung -창경궁, Deoksugung - 덕수궁, Gyeonghuigung - 경희궁) in Seoul. While it has gone through rebuildings and restorations since it was first built during the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung is still a beautiful doorway into Korea's history and culture. Many people, Koreans and tourists alike, will wear a hanbok (한복) - traditional Korean dress - while exploring the palace grounds. If that wasn't already a great photoshoot opportunity, the Bukcheon Hanok village (북촌한옥마을) is just a short walk away!
These photos were taken on my last trip to the palace, in February. That was the last time I had anyone new to show around the wonderful city of Seoul! Since I'm currently preparing for an upcoming trip, I thought now was finally the time to cover the beautiful palace.
The best station to get to Gyeongbokgung in my opinion is Anguk station (안국역) . From here you can walk to the palace, Insadong (인사동), Samcheondong (삼천동), and the Hanok village.
You know you're at the palace when you see the statue of King Sejong in the square.
Guards in traditional dress stand outside the palace. A couple times a day they leave their posts and you can witness the changng of the guard ceramony.
Now for some of the beauty inside the palace.
I really enjoyed taking these pictures and working on this post. I think I'm going to go back through and hopefully get some more posts like this up. I love being able to share the beauty of different countries and cultures.