Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Quieter Residence?

The area known as Geoncheonggung, located in a more secluded place of the palace that was rebuilt 10 years beforehand, was to be a quieter residence area for the king and queen. Built to resemble a scholar's residence, it lacked the colors and ornamentation found in other royal buildings. A favorite area for the king, it was also used to receive political representatives from the USA, Great Britain, and Russia in order to resolve some deep political issues. This area was first to receive electric lights and tragically became the place where Queen Myeongsung was assassinated by the Japanese in 1895. 

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