Photo Essay: Gyeongbokgung Palace

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The traditional dress, hanbok, can be rented from shops around the palace. Rental costs around 20,000 to 40,000 won ($20-40) for a few hours.
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The Royal Guards. A changing of the guards ceremony takes place twice a day at the main gate.

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One of the doors to the numerous pavilions in the compound. Each pavilion has a different purpose, e.g. for receiving guests, as studies and libraries, home to the king’s eunuchs and guards, or for storage.

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Most of the pavilions are reconstructions. Only a few structures survived the Japanese Invasions in the 1500’s.

Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. It is closed on Tuesdays, and entrance is free of charge. Nearest station (Seoul Metro) – Gyeongbokgung. 

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