Gwanghwamun: Built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty, Gwanghwamun is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in South Korea. It has a rich history, surviving wars, relocations, and rebuilds. Today, it stands as a magnificent wooden structure on a stone base, regarded as one of Korea's greatest historical gatehouses and the foremost among the country's five grand palace gates. Heungnyemun: Located behind Gwanghwamun and completed in 2000, Heungnyemun hosts reenactments of traditional gate guard changing ceremonies from the Joseon era. Visitors can take photos with guards dressed in traditional attire. Nearby, you can explore the National Palace Museum of Korea. The gate guard changing ceremony, reminiscent of historical Korean dramas, authentically recreates this ancient tradition. Geunjeongjeon: One of Gyeongbokgung Palace's largest buildings, Geunjeongjeon features the king's throne and was used for important state ceremonies. The painting "Sun and Moon Five Peaks" on the throne's screen was featured on the 10,000 South Korean won banknote issued in 2007. Sajeongjeon: Sajeongjeon was the king's workspace for political affairs and is known for its symbolic dragon wall paintings. Kangnyungjeon, Hall of Joyous Harmony, and Ch'wihyangdang: These buildings served as living quarters for the king, queen, and queen dowager. Notable features include lattice doors and windows and the "Ten Longevity Chimneys" in Ch'wihyangdang. Kyunghoejeon and Hyangwonjeong: Kyunghoejeon is a two-story building over a pond used for celebrations. Hyangwonjeong, on a small island in a pond, offers a more feminine ambiance. Nearby is the National Folk Museum of Korea. Sujeongjeon: Sujeongjeon, originally known as Jiphyeonjeon, was a place for scholarly activities. It played a role in the development of Hangul, the Korean script.
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