Watching the Olympics reminds me when we were in Seoul 🇰🇷 and I don’t know why I did not post any of these pictures before. Oh well! here are some pictures from beautiful South Korea. #gyongbokgung#seoul
September 16th 2017. We visited 경복궁 with H.U.G. (It’s a Sogang’s club for Koreans who want to help exchange students to learn about the korean culture)
Do you like history? Here some facts about this magnificent palace:
This is the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It was built in 1394 and continued expanding throughout time. But, in 1553 it was severely damaged by fire. Its restoration was completed in the following year. However, four decades later, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was burnt to the ground during the Japanese invasion of Korea of 1592-1598.
In 1895, after the assassination of Empress Myeongseong by Japanese agents, her husband, Emperor Gojong, left the palace. The Imperial Family never returned to Gyeongbokgung.
In 1911, ownership of land at the palace was transferred to the Japanese Governor-General.
In 1915, on the pretext of holding an exhibition, more than 90% of the buildings were torn down. After the exhibition the Japanese used what remained and built their colonial headquarters (1916-26).
Restoration efforts have been ongoing since 1990 attempting to preserve the traditional Korean traditional architectural design.