West Gate of Gyeong­bok Palace

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Guests at the gate open­ing cer­e­mony of Yeongchu Gate, the west gate of Gyeong­bok Palace, cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of the gate af­ter 43 years. The orig­i­nal gate was de­stroyed dur­ing the 1592-98 Imjin War and re­stored dur­ing the ma­jor re­con­struc­tion of the palace in the 19th cen­tury, but it was de­mol­ished in 1926 to make way for street­car routes. The gate was re­stored once again in 1975, but peo­ple were not al­lowed to use it. From 2011 to 2014, it was used as an exit-only gate. With the open­ing of the Yeongchu Gate, Gyeong­bok Palace is now ac­ces­si­ble from all four direc­tions — in­clud­ing Gwangh­wa­mun to the south, Sinmu Gate to the north and the Na­tional Folk Mu­seum of Korea en­trance to the east.


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