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[Eye Plus] Korea’s oldest throne hall open to public

By Shin Ji-hye
  • Published : Apr 11, 2019 - 18:25
  • Updated : Apr 11, 2019 - 18:25

South Korea’s oldest throne hall has been opened to the public for the first time, displaying the beauty of the 17th century hall.
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

The main hall of Changgyeong-gung Palace, Myeongjeongjeon, is where the king attended to state affairs, holding meetings with officials and receptions of foreign envoys. 
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

Originally built in the mid-15th century by King Sejong of Joseon Dynasty, it was destroyed during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592 and rebuilt in 1616 by Prince Gwanghae. 
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

In the center of the chamber, a king’s throne is placed. Behind it stands a folding screen with a highly stylized landscape painting of a sun, moon and five peaks known as Irworobongdo. You can also see a pair of phoenix along with cloud in five colors. 
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

The national treasure was closed to the public on concerns over damage of cultural assets and safe management. The government decided to open it to the public after major maintenance works and with security guards watching over it. 
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

The tour of Myeongjeongjeon is available from April 2 to May 31 in spring and from Oct. 2 to Nov. 29 in autumn. A guided tour in English is available at 11 p.m. and 16 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. 
(Photo credit: Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

The tour is limited to 30 visitors per session and will be on a first come, first served basis. In case of rain, the tour will be canceled to protect the cultural assets.

By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)