About Gyeongbokgung Palace

About Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁 景福宮 is one of the five major palaces of the Joseon Dynasty located in Seoul and is the main palace (law palace) of Joseon.
It is the first one of the five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty when King Taejo founded the Joseon Dynasty and moved the capital to Hanyang.

The Meaning of the Name

The meaning of 'Gyeongbok (경복 景福)' is to wish for the prosperity of the new dynasty Joseon (조선), saying that the long and long way will enjoy great blessings.
And 'Gung (궁 宮)' means Palace.

Loss and Restoration

After all the buildings in Gyeongbokgung were burned down during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, the second year of King Gojong's reign, Gyeongbokgung was rebuilt by Heungseon Daewongun. Later, in the 13th year of King Gojong's reign, a great fire destroyed more than 800 rooms. After the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910, the Japanese Empire demolished Gyeongbokgung Palace and established the Japanese Government General of Korea in 1915.
Water was placed in front of Geunjeongjeon, and buildings were constantly demolished to make Geunjeongjeon and Gyeonghoe.
When only Lu and Hyangwonjeong remained, they were all demolished and the liberation of August 15 was celebrated.
In 1993, Gyeongbokgung Palace was restored to its original form.
The government announced the Gyeongbokgung Restoration Plan, and in 1996, the Government-General of Korea Building was renovated.
It's from demolition to restoration.


Although most of the buildings in the palace have been lost and many of the palace buildings have been restored except for Geunjeongjeon and Gyeonghoeru, Gyeongbokgung Palace has retained its original location and is an important relic that can at least generally confirm the appearance of the royal palace in the Joseon Dynasty.

Beautiful Cultural Heritage

As a symbol of our history and culture, Gyeongbokgung Palace attracts many visitors who appreciate its beauty. It serves as a bridge between our past and present and represents a proud Korean heritage. When you visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can experience an amazing space that contains the wisdom and efforts of our ancestors.

Today, Gyeongbokgung Palace conveys the splendor and beauty of the Joseon Dynasty through its magnificent buildings and gardens. Visitors can experience the history and culture of the Joseon Dynasty and appreciate its artistic values and architectural techniques. Gyeongbokgung is an important place to preserve and pass on our history and cultural heritage, and to honor and transmit the brilliant achievements of the past.