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“Minor Restored Palace”

Gyeonghuigung Palace
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #118 of 741 things to do in Seoul
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Los Angeles, California
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“Minor Restored Palace”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Gyeonghuigung Palace was almost 100% demolished during the Japanese colonial period. Few aspects of the original site remain, some preserved sections have been moved. Therefore, the rather small palace left today is really a reconstruction. While the palace is basically a modern reproduction it can still be appreciated for its use of Daemokjang, traditional wooden architecture. The reconstruction is superb, but the palace was built to only 1/3 its former size because the development surrounding the palace.

If you want to visit a Joseon dynasty palace and have it nearly all to yourself, Gyeonghuigung is the perfect choice. This free palace, receives a fraction of the visitors the other 4 royal palaces have during the year. I would recommend bringing a book and relaxing in some of the pleasant areas in and around the palace.

Visited June 2012
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Seoul, South Korea
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“with museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

even if is is included in 5 memorial palaces in Seoul, the size of the spot is small. The historical meaning of this palace is more important than the outfit, itself. This was the symbol of the royal family's power in Joseon dinasty before it was faded away.

Visited March 2012
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“Give This One a Miss!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

So Seoul has five grand palaces, and while all history should be given its due, Gyeonghuigung Palace is well...underwhelming compared to its sister palaces. In fact, extremely disappointing. If you're in the neighborhood and have a lot of time on your hands, sure...stop in. There's no entrance fee anyhow. Otherwise I'd pass this one by altogether, save for some nice step carving work. I can not imagine spending more than 15 minutes here.

Visited March 2011
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Shenandoah, Virginia
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“Quiet, peaceful attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

It's a little 'off the beaten path' or has that feeling, so it's peaceful. Not quite as popular as some of the other palaces in Seoul - but still worth a visit. Since it's FREE, there's nothing to lose.
Make sure you get to the Seoam rock in the back, which is supposedly the reason this palace was constructed in this location in the first place.

Visited October 2011
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