In the heart of Seoul, a bustling modern city of 10+ million people, is Gyeongbokgung Palace. The name means the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.”
The palace was completed in 1395 with 330 rooms and more than 5,500 rooms. It was razed in the late 1500’s during a Japanese invasion and left abandoned for the next 250 years. A rebuilding was started in the late 1800’s, but the palace would fall again to the Japanese during the occupation of Korea in the early 1900’s. During that occupation the Japanese constructed their own government buildings on the property.
Since 1990 Koreans have been working to restore Gyeongbokgung to it’s original glory. Today the grounds also house the National Folk Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum of Korea.
You can learn more information and take a virtual tour of Gyeongbokgung at this official Web site.