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Notes on the Geography of South Korea: Royal Precincts: Photo 2

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Here's the western end of that street, Yulgok-ro, at the north end of Gwanghwamun Plaza. The structure here is Gwanghwamun itself, the south-facing and therefore the most important of the four main gates around the Gyeongbokgung.

Begun in 1395 as the first palace of the Joseon Dynasty, the palace was destroyed by the Japanese 25 years later and not rebuilt until 1865. The gate has been rebuilt again since then, in 1960. It should be and once was on a platform. It's not, because the Japanese built the road at this raised level, and it's never been changed. Call it a going-away present.

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