Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion

One of the most picturesque places within the expansive Gyeongbokdung Palace is the area around the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion. It is here that formal banquets for foreign envoys were thrown. From here, the royalty and guests would have a splendid view of the palace and Mount Inwangsan. The upper floor, built on top of 48 stone columns, has three slightly varying levels, symbolizing heaven, earth, and man. Like the majority of buildings in all the palaces of Seoul, this one succumbed to fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592. In 1867, the present building (much larger than the original) was built. 

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