Saturday, March 23, 2013

Under House Arrest at Seogeodang

The only building at Deoksugung with two tiers, Seogeodang, with its unpainted exterior, resembles a typical Joseon Dynasty private residence. It was here that Queen Dowager Inmok, wife of King Seonjo, was confined under house arrest for ten years. This act was carried out by her stepson. Later, this action was used by the faction opposing Gwanghaegun as a pretext for his dethronement. In 1623, Prince Neungyang was crowned at this house after obtaining approval from Queen Dowager Inmok.

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