Sunday, March 17, 2013

Junghwajeon, Main Throne Hall

Serving as the main throne hall of the palace, Junghwajeon was the place for various ceremonial events such as coronations and the receiving of foreign envoys. Originally Junghwajeon had a two-tiered roof, but that structure burned in 1904, with a less costly one being rebuilt two years later. Inside, one can find the throne and a folding screen depicting the sun, moon, and five mountains  - a symbolic wish for the nation's prosperity.
This dragon stone, symbolic of the Great Han Dynasty emperor, is located in the middle of the stairs leading up the two-tiered terrace. Only the royal carriage of the king was permitted to travel over this stone.

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