Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jibokjae and Hyeopgildang

Located next to the octagonal building Parujeong and connected via interior corridors, the buildings known as Jibokjae and Hyeopgildang were once used as a reception hall for foreign envoys. Unique in the palace, Jibokjae has side walls made out of brick, reflecting the Qing Chinese influence. Its interiors were once rather luxurious, also reflecting the Chinese flavor of the time. The windows and painted decorations were particularly ornamental, prompting me to take a nice collection of detail photos. Located on the end, the Jyeopgildang building is more traditional Korean in style and contains the wonderful heated Ondol floor.

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