The building with the large plaque is the main building of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Tablet of Geunjeongjeon
Shot at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea
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A large structure stood in the center of the square surrounded by corridors. It is Geunjeongjeon in Seoul. It was the main building of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a World Heritage Site, and is the building where national events such as the coronation of the king were held. The word "Geunjeon" means "the affairs of the world will be governed by diligence". There was a building of the same name in the royal palace in Hue, Vietnam, so the name must have been taken from the Analects or Chinese classics.

When I stood under the big eaves of the building, I looked up and saw a plaque on the wall. It was written in Chinese characters, not in Hangul. It's unthinkable nowadays, but it can't be helped, because people in the Joseon dynasty thought that the Chinese characters were the only ones and there was no such thing as a unique character for the nation. As time goes by, there are not many people who can read Chinese characters nowadays, so there may not be any people who can read this tablet in the future.

In addition to the plaque, let's look around at the roof itself. The structure of the roof was intricately constructed and beautiful. The present building seems to be a reconstruction, but the structure that has been here since 1395 still has the character.

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PHOTO DATA

No

7977

Shooting Date

Jun 2008

Posted On

October 14, 2013

Modified On

October 24, 2020

Place

Seoul, South Korea

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF85MM F1.2L II USM

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