Friday, November 18, 2011

KR-25753

This is my 2nd official from South Korea and like the 1st one, the card also shows the Chandeokgung Palace. On this card there's the Jangnangmum Gate, the Main Gate of Nakseonjae House.

Photo by Seo Heun-Kang
KR-25753, sent by "yunjeong"


Changdeokgung Palace is one of South Korea’s “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty sits within a large park in Jongnu-gu, Seoul. It is often referred to as Changdeok Palace as well as the East Palace due to its location. Like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, it was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea and only about thirty percent of the original structures remain. Construction of the palace ran from 1405 through it’s completion in 1412.
In 1997 Changdeokgung was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as an outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design. - in:
http://www.mostinterestingdestinations.com/landmarks/changdeokgung-palace-seoul-south-korea/

Nakseonjae was built by King Heonjong in 1847 for his concubine Kim Gyeongbin. It stands to reason that King Heonjong must not have been to infatuated with his wife considering he had this entire complex built for a concubine. Even the name Nakseonjae tends to indicate that the King preferred his concubine more than his wife because Nakseonjae literally means the “Mansion of Joy and Goodness”. This probably did not go over to well with his wife which might explain why the King died at age 22 only two years later in 1849.

Nakseonjae had been closed off to the public for decades because it had been used as the residence for the last remaining Korean princesses until 1989 when Princess Deokhye, the youngest daughter of King Gojang, the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty passed away in 1989. Even after her death Nakseonjae didn’t open to the public until 2006. - in: http://rokdrop.com/2007/08/24/things-to-do-in-korea-nakseonjae-the-secret-garden/

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