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Jogyesa Temple (조계사)

Jogyesa, a Buddhist temple near Insadong, Seoul, South Korea Introduction As the main temple as well as the district head temple of Jogye order in Seoul, Jogyesa Temple is the center of Korean Buddhism. The temple was built in the late 14th century during the Goryeo period and was once turned into ashes due to…

Secret Rear Garden Of Changdeokgung Palace

Secret Garden Tour – Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul Changdeokgung Palace Secret Garden Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Changdeokgung Palace’s rear garden was constructed during the reign of King Taejong and served as a resting place for the royal family members. The garden had formerly been called Bukwon and Geumwon, but was renamed Biwon after King Kojong…

Changdeokgung Palace

Introduction Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence…

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

Introduction Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today,…

Gyeongbokgung Palace

  Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty, three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand…

Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

The Secret Garden, Huwon The secret garden was built by King Taejong and was a place for the royal family to come and enjoy some peace and quiet. They kept the entire garden as natural as possible, letting it grow freely and pruning it with human hands as little as possible.  It’s a popular place…

Namsan Park – Seoul (남산공원 (서울))

Introduction : Mt. Namsan is a symbolic mountain located at the center of Seoul. Although not as high as other surrounding mountains, Mt. Namsan is a very popular nonetheless as a resting site. At the top, there are various facilities such as Palgakjeong (octagonal hall), Seoul Tower, Maritime Aquarium, fountains, and Namsan Library. You may…

Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun Gate) (동대문 – 흥인지문)

Heunginjimun Gate was built to protect Hanseongbu, which historically housed important government facilities. Heunginjimun Gate was the gate on the east side of the outer wall of Seoul Fortress among eight gates. It is referred to as Dongdaemun Gate as well. The gate was constructed during King Taejo’s 5th year in 1396, remodeled during the…