Friday, February 08, 2013

Honghwamun Gate, Changgyeonggung Palace

The main gate of the Changgyeonggung Palace, Honghwamun was originally built in 1484 and subsequently rebuilt (after the Japanese burned it) in 1616. Like the central part of the palace, it faces east - a very unusual feature (other palaces typically had the main gates facing south and other buildings oriented to a north-south axis). It is from this gate that the king received and made contact with citizens of the kingdom.

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