Friday, 20 December 2013

Photo Diary : Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung was originally built as a residence of Prince Wolsa, the elder brother of King Seongjong. After all other palace buildings were destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion in 1592, King Seonjo established a temporary residence here. King Gwanghaegun, who succeeded King Seonjo, named the palace Gyeongungung in 1611. King Injo held a coronation ceremony in Jeokjodang Hall in 1623. It was here in 1897 that King Gojong proclaimed to the nation and the world the establishment of the " Great Han Empire". The palace was renamed Deoksugung in 1907 when Emperor Sunjong ascended the throne, and it has been known by that name since then. (Source : Combination Ticket for Palaces)

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