My mom and I decided to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace the second day we were in Seoul, Korea. Again, this is another you must do if you’re ever visiting Seoul.
What’s crazy about this palace for me is that this historical spot is located smack in the busy center of Seoul. Although, most of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation in the early 20th century, several restoration efforts have been made to re-establish it’s former glory.
One thing you’ll notice on many of the buildings are gargoyles lining the roofs. Our tour guide pointed these out and told us it’s supposed to ward off evil spirits and energies. Be sure to look out for these! I find them so interesting!
I think at this point, my mom and I decided to wander off from the tour. We’d gotten a lot of interesting information from it, but wanted to walk around a little bit for ourselves. The actual area is so gorgeous and green! Here is the Gyeonghoeru. Look familiar?? That’s because this is the same structure that is on the 10,000 won! The King also held formal banquets here.
Another beautiful structure to check out is the Hyangwonjeong. This was the King’s informal banquet hall. Although, I have to say, it still looks pretty dang nice to me for being “informal”.
We found these statues outside of the museum. I believe it represents the 12 Korean Zodiac Animals…
Like I said earlier, what’s really amazing to me is how all of this is located right in the center of Seoul. You almost forget you’re in such a busy city! If there is ever a day you feel like you need to get away from the crowds and connect with nature, you should definitely visit here!