No other building demonstrates the power of the great Joseon Dynasty more impressively than does the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. The palace is a place of calm amid the hustle and bustle of South Korea’s capital city. Yet the history of the Gyeongbokgung, meaning Palace of Happiness, was quite often far from being a place of peace and contentment, as it suffered many devastating fires caused by the Japanese. Fortunately, most of the palace buildings have now been completely rebuilt.
A total of 330 buildings were reconstructed within the 40 hectare area of the palace grounds and the palace architects managed to unite Chinese influence with traditional Joseon architecture in a most harmonious way.
The Gyeongbokgung continues to attract sightseers as it is, without a doubt, a fine example of the architecture of the Joseon Dynasty.
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