Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace (November 2012)

Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace – is a royal palace located in northern SeoulSouth Korea. First constructed in 1395, later burned and abandoned for almost three centuries, and then reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of theFive Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.[1] The name means “Palace” [Gung] “Greatly Blessed by Heaven” [Gyeongbok].

Reminiscing my first trip to Seoul last year during my birthday. Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first place I thought of going to when I first arrived. It was amazing showcase of Korean culture and opulence. 

Walkabout: Gwanghwamun Square 광화문 광장

A few images from Saturday’s walkabout in Seoul. Known by my fellow co-workers as the ‘Samantha Hughes Bus Tour’, it begins on the 1000 bus with the 1st stop being the center of the city, Gwanghwamun Square 광화문 광장.

1. Entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace at Gwanghwamun 

2. Joseon Dynasty roof

3. Taegeuk outside of government building

4. Tiffany’s blue phone booths that I am currently obsessed with

5. Traffic cone sculpture across the street from the Gwanghwamun palace entrance