Continued from Part 1.
Jaseondang (자선당) is located in Donggung area, the east of Geunjeongjeon. Donggung (동궁) area is where the crown prince and his family stayed and worked. Donggung means “the palace in the east side.” The crown prince was considered as the new sun, which comes out from the east.
Jaseondang is a residence place where crown princes and princess consorts stayed.
Byhyeongak (비현각) is located next to Jaseondang and was a office and study of crown princesses.
Jagyeongjeon (자경전). King Gojong built this building for his step mother, Sinjeongwanghu.
At the backyard of Jagyeongjeon, you can find this Sib Jang Saeng chimney (십장생 굴뚝), which is considered one of the best chimneys in Korean Palaces (designated as Korean Treasure No. 810.
At the center of chimney, Sib Jang Saeng (십장생) are carved, and cranes and bulgasari (a mythical animal) are included at the top and bottom of the chimney. These were believed to keep evil spirits away and wish a long life.
Taewonjeon (태원전) is a place where caskets of Kings and Queens lied down during funerals. Funerals took up to 5 months so the separate place would be needed.
Gyeonganmun (경안문) is a gate led to Taewonjeon.
Geoncheonggung (건청궁) is an area located northern part of Gyeongbokgung and consists of a few of builidings. This area was built by King Gojong and Jangandang was a place where the King stayed.
Nokgeumdang (녹금당) is a building where staff and maids who served to the Crown Prince (later King Sunjong) stayed.
Jibokjae (집옥재) and Palwujeong (팔우정) were used as a library for the King and place where King Gojong greeted foreign ambassadors. Jibokjae has been reopened to the public as a library in 2016. Please confirm the open hours before your visit. It closes during winter time because heating is not allowed in the place.
Sojubang (소주방) was the kitchen area for the royal family and other royal events and consisted of three areas. Currently, Saengmulbang, where desserts and snacks were made, is used as an traditional style dessert (or snack) cafe, called Saenggwabang (생과방). Please, double check the open hours because it changes seasonally and according to schedules of events at the palace.
National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관) is located on the ground of Gyeongbokgung.
Beautiful pine trees at Gyeongbokgung
Every corner of Gyeongbokgung embraces the palaces history and offers a beautiful photo spots.
Gyeongbokgung in K-drama or K-movies
Many Kdramas including The King and I, The Great King, Sejong, Deep rooted tree and Jang Yeong-Sil, and Kmovies like Masquerade (Gwanghae) were filmed at Gyeongbokgung.