Gyeongbok Palace open to visitors in evenings through Monday
Gyeongbokgung is one of the nation's most popular tourist attractions, and for a limited time, visitors can see the historical palace from a different perspective.
The palace has extended its normal operating hours from 7 to 10 p.m. through this Monday, October 28th to allow visitors the opportunity to see the palace at night.
"This is Gyeongbokgung in central Seoul, which was the royal palace of Korea during the Joseon dynasty. And tonight I'm here to enjoy the night time festivities during the extended hours."
The main entrance for the night festivites is Heungnye Gate, and after a short trek, you find yourself at the first major site of the evening tour: Geunjeongjeon, or Throne Hall, where the king granted audiences to his officials.
The evening brings with it brand new details that are often overlooked during the day.
" You see things differently. I think certain details come out a lot more, like for instance when I looked inside the gate, I could see just like a throne room, a red seat and I never saw the gold before, so certain aspects, certain details come out a lot more."
At the Sujeongjeon, which was a hall for the cabinet of the Joseon dynasty, a special stage has been set up to demonstrate a traditional palace ceremony complete with Korean music and dance.
"I think it's given me a deeper appreciation for Korean culture and, like, seeing the unique perspective that we see it through paints a different picture for all of us."
However, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the sites at night is Gyeongheoru.
It was here that the royalty of the Joseon Dynasty held their most important and special banquets.
Seeing it at night, there is no doubt as to why the most important guests were brought here to be wined and dined.
As awe-inspiring as the palace is during the day, there is a certain "magic" to the historical site in the evening, that really brings details of each of the buildings to life.
"It's very nice because the lighting and the buildings are so beautiful together. It's just wonderful "
Gyeongbokgung's extended hours run through this Monday, the 28th of October.
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Lee Tae Ho, Arirang News.
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