Gyeonghuigung & The Five Korean Royal Palaces

Gyeonghuigung is one of the five palaces in Seoul, South Korea.  The other four are Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung, and Changgyeonggung.

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Gyeonghuigung is considered the West Palace.  The palace was built in the 1600s and it served as secondary home for the kings.  It also serve as a place to escape if there was any imminent danger.  However, I think it’s main purpose was for the kings’ mistresses.  I know my history.  I’ve seen The Last Emperor.  Wait… That’s Chinese.

One of the quarters at Gyeonghuigung
One of the quarters

Gyeonghuigung is farthest from the other four palaces.  The other four are within a few blocks from each other .  Gyeonghuigung is about two miles from the main palace — Gyeongbokgung.  It remains me of my nephew.  He was a step-child that no one wanted.  Fortunately, he has grown up a little and no one still wants him.

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The West Palace has the same history.  South Korea’s government started to reconstruct it, but the majority of the palace is still left neglected.  During the Joseon period, Gyeonghuigung had an arched bridge connecting it to Deoksugung.  However, in today’s Seoul, there is no bridge.  The only thing left standing are the bars around the areas.  The alcoholics are passed out in front.

Gyeonghuigung’s thorne

With all that said, I would have to say Gyeonghuigung was lackluster compared to Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung, and Changgyeonggung.  It really is the step-child that no one wanted.  However, the good news is that it’s not crowded at all and there wasn’t an admission fee.

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