Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Bit of Chinese

One of my favorite sections of the spacious Gyeongbukgung Palace is the Jibokjae section. It's a distance from the main gate and throne halls, thus receiving less visitors. Considering the busy Chusok holiday when I first visited this palace, having any area to one's self was quite an accomplishment.
Here, I enjoyed the beautiful octagonal two-story pavilion known as Parujeong. Built in the Qing Chinese style, it displays characteristics of strong Chinese influence, seen at that time as being very modern. These buildings were originally built in the Changdeokgung palace where the king temporarily lived after a devastating fire in 1876, but were moved here in 1885. With its many windows and great views of the mountains and nearby ponds, Parujeong was a favorite reading room for the royalty.

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