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Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul

Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) is a palace located in northern Seoul, South Korea. It was the main and largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty and one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.

The palace was originally constructed in 1394 by Jeong Do-jeon, a Korean architect. Parts of the palace were burnt down during the Japanese invasion in 1592. After years of neglect and failure to restore it due to the sheer size of the logistics involved, it was reconstructed during 1860s as a massive 330 building complex with 5,792 rooms. Standing on 410,000 square meters of land, it was a symbol of majesty for the Korean people and the home of the royal family. Soon after the assassination of Empress Myeongsung by the Japanese agents in 1895, her husband, Gojong of Korea left the palace and the Imperial family would never return to the palace.

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