Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Unhyeongung Royal Residence in Seoul

Unhyeongung Royal Residence was the home of Yi Ha-eung whose son was selected to become king in 1964 at the age of 12 and the Residence became Unhyeougung Palace.  Yi ruled as prince regent (as Regent Heungseon) until 1873 and his son served as King Gojung of the Joseon Dynasty until the Korean Empire was declared in 1897 and he then reigned as Emperor Gwangmu until 1907.

Unhyeougung Royal Residence

We enter and wander among the buildings and rooms, first starting with a small exhibition hall of artifacts from the era, including traditional clothing and a replica of the garments worn by King Gojung and his wife at their wedding.

Exhibition hall

From the exhibition hall, we wander into the inner quarters of the residence.

Inner quarters

Norakdang Hall is at the center of the palace, the location of King Gojung's wedding ceremony in the 3rd year of his reign.

Norakdang Hall

Noandang Hall served as the man's quarters of the palace and the residence of Regent Huengseon, who, after stepping down as regent in 1873, filled his time by painting orchid pictures here.

Noandang Hall

To the right of the main gate, Sujiksa was a residential building for maintenance worker and guards at the palace.


Exiting the inner palace, we walk through the grounds and entrance and back into the modern city.

Leaving the palace

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