Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) was built in 1395 by the Joseon dynasty. It served as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty until 1592, when Japan invaded and the palace complex was destroyed. It was then abandoned for over 200 years until all 7,700 rooms were then restored by Prince Regent Heungseon. In the early 1900s, Imperial Japan again destroyed much of the palace complex. Gyeongbokgung Palace is still in the process of reconstruction but is still open to visitors.
One can experience what some of the palace traditions were like when visiting. From the changing of the palace guard to processions and parades, men and women alike boast the beautifully ornate costumes of Korea’s past.
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