Monday, March 30, 2009

Gyeongbokgung Palace

I went on a great late-afternoon trip a couple weekends ago with friends from school. The destination was Gyeongbokgung Palace, the home of Korean royalty and the seat of government from 1394 off and on until the Japanese took control of Korea in the early 1900's. The Koreans have spent the last several decades reconstructing the entire complex to its original splendor. Its a shame that few of the original buildings remain (the Japanese destroyed all but 10) but their pristine condition makes it feel like you're seeing the palace as it was 150 years ago. The complex is near the center of Seoul, with several seemingly out of place 30-story buildings a few blocks away.

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