Imperial Palace Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea

     Gyeongbokgung Palace was built by architect John Chong Up in 1394 during the dynasty founder Li, Wang Taejo. In this palace were working state officials, as well as Wang's family lived.

The palace complex consists of 330 buildings. In 1592 the palace was burnt down during the Japanese invasion, and was fully restored only in 1868.

History of the Japanese occupation of Korea (late XIX - early XX century) has left its mark in the palace. In the morning of October 8, 1895 in hall Kenchengun Japanese soldiers killed the wife of last ruler of Dynasty - hvanchche (Emperor) Kodzhon, who announced Korea "Great Han Empire" and on a very short time, became its sole emperor. After the murder of his wife Kodzhon left the palace and didn’t return there anymore. Sam hall Kenchengun stands in the northern part of the complex in the middle of the pond and connected to shore by a narrow open-work bridge.

The most interesting buildings are Gyeongbokgung throne hall Kyndzhondzhon and the pavilion Kenhveru standing in the middle of an artificial lake on 48 granite pillars. Especially colorful Kenhveru looks winter morning, when the lake is still covered with thin ice, and bright rays of the sun reflected from the ice pavilion is illuminated from below.

Daily at 10 am in front of the south gate Gwanghwamun held colorful changing of the guard ceremony Guard Wang. All the participants dressed in costumes of the era of the Joseon Dynasty. The ceremony commented on the loudspeaker in Korean and English. Under unusual sticky music transcends the officers and soldiers. The closer to the top of the column is a person, the higher its rank. During the ceremony, a column of soldiers and musicians, several times crossing the extended area in front of the palace gates. After the ceremony of changing of the guard can get to who took the guard and totally free to be photographed with them.

In the eastern part of the palace complex is a high pagoda, standing on
effect of white stone base. It's National Ethnographic Museum of Korea. Here is an interesting collection of exhibits depicting the life of the country from ancient times until today. Also near the museum exhibition is spread over the ancient sculptures of prehistoric structures and objects of everyday life of Koreans. You can also see the first tram, which appeared on the streets of Seoul in the early 20 th century.