April is the season of spring when everything comes to life.
It is the season to take off the thick and old winter clothes and go to see the flowers in light clothes.
You can feel the energy of spring everywhere in downtown Seoul, which is well landscaped. The colorful flowers in the flowerbeds along the road welcome passers-by, and petals fall every time the warm spring breeze blows from the Yoshino cherry trees next to the road. Spring in April makes the world warm and sweet as if falling in love.
The 4 Grand Palaces in Seoul, which are known for having amazing life shots, have no time to relax as tourists when the weather starts to get warmer. Along with the four grand palaces in Seoul, the Sadaemun and Sasomun that protect Seoul are also in full bloom.
Introducing the four grand palaces, four gates, and four rumors of the uniquely beautiful Seoul in the warm April sunlight.
Seoul's 4 main gates and 4 rumors, built to protect the Hanyang City, are the first places to notice that spring is coming from hundreds of years ago and greet each other happily.
Hanyang City Wall covers the downtown area of Seoul and has been renovated several times since its construction in 1396. In the past, there were a total of 8 large and small gates in Hanyang City, but only 6 are preserved.
4 main gates
Heunginjimun Gate in Seoul was founded in 1398 (Taejo 7) and is the east gate of the city of Seoul at the time. The present gate was rebuilt in 1869 (6th year of King Gojong). At that time, 4 gates and 4 rumors were erected on the Seoul fortress wall. The four main gates in the east, west, north and south were named with the letters In (仁), Ui (義), Ye (禮), and Ji (智), respectively, and the east gate was called Heunginmun. Heunginjimun is the largest gate along with Sungnyemun in Seoul. An arch-shaped passage was made in the ledge connected to the castle wall, and a gate tower was built on it to create a castle gate. Among the gates of Seoul, the only two-story gates are Sungnyemun and Heunginjimun. Munru is the place where the longevity guarding the gate stays, and in case of emergency, it also served as a command post to command the military. A brick wall and a wooden board window were installed outside the gatehouse to help prevent enemies. The entire structure of the Munru at Heunginjimun is simple, but it reflects the characteristics of the 19th century architecture with many decorations. Also, in front of Heunginjimun, a half-moon-shaped Ongseong was enclosed to block enemies, which is the only city gate in Seoul.
2. Donuimun (Seodaemun)
Donuimun was built in 1396 with the construction of the Hanyang City Wall . The name is made with righteousness among the virtues of Confucianism . However, Donuimun was demolished in 1915.
There are no traces left, so it remains as the name of the subway line, and only the site of Donuimun remains.
3. Sungnyemun (Namdaemun)
Sungnyemun or Seoul Sungnyemun is one of the four main gates of Hanyang , the capital of Joseon , and is the main gate to the south. Often Namdaemun bureuneunde known as, which the Japanese colonial rule a name called from the beginning, not the name of a Japanese school attached to the line. The names of the four major gates of Seoul and Bosingak were named after the Five Haengsasang. These names are In (仁: East), Ui (義: West), Rye (禮: South)) It expresses the five virtues of, Ji (智: North), and God (信: Central), and the'rye' of Sungnyemun is derived from this.  According to “ Jibong Yuseol ”, the sum of Sungnyemun was written by Yangnyeongdaegun, but there are many different theories. 1396 ( Taejo to 5 years) choeyugyeong the was consecrated. 1447 ( It was rebuilt in the 29th year of King Sejong ) and in 1479 (the 10th year of King Seongjong).
4. Sukjeongmun (Bukdaemun)
Sukjeongmun is the Bukdaemun , which symbolizes the succession of the five elements of Yin and Yang, and was built together in September 1396 (the 5th year of Taejo) when the rest of the three gates and Sassomun were completed. However, pressing and opening the north gate by Feng Shui settings yin is affected by jindago to disorderly the morals of Seoul women and of actual people out one often located in the rugged mountainous area with little bars and other Hanyang city , unlike doors It was closed in 1413 because it did not function as a real gate. Instead , Hongjimun was placed in the area near Changmyeongmun, which is located slightly northwest of Sukjeongmun, and in the area adjacent to Sangmyung University today, to walk through it, and to play the role of the actual North Gate. For this reason, in principle, the positional and nominal Bukdaemun is regarded as Sukjeongmun, while the five-haengsang and functional Bukdaemun is considered Hongjimun. It is also famous as the place where the late Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead.
1. Hyehwamun - It is also called Dongsomun because it is located between the east and north gates.
2. Gwangheemoon - In February 2014, after 39 years, Gwanghuimun was opened and can be accessed.
3. Creative door - There is a road to the west of the gate, and it is used as a passageway, and it is famous for its beautiful night view.
4. Souimun (also known as Seosomun) - was built in 1392 with the construction of the Hanyang City Wall , but disappeared as an excuse for urban planning during the Japanese colonial period, and now no traces can be found. However, it is only possible to guess that it was somewhere in Seosomun-dong with a similar name.
the four grand palaces in Seoul in spring
After passing through the eight gates safely, you can finally meet the four grand palaces in Seoul in spring.
In the warm spring sunlight, not only foreign tourists but also Seoulites go out to the palace. Since a few years ago, it has become fashionable to wear hanbok to tour Seoul, and you can find many people wearing fine hanbok around the palace. Dressed up in hanbok and strolling through the flower-filled palace, you'll feel as if you've become the main character in a historical drama.
As the first palace in Joseon, it is already a famous tourist attraction all over the world.
Gyeonghoeru is the most beautiful spot where you can get a perfect life shot so you don't know if you are a flower or a flower. In the case of Gyeonghoeru, the number of visitors is limited, so it is recommended to make a reservation in advance. It is possible to view after purchasing a Gyeongbokgung Palace ticket at no additional charge, and the viewing time is limited to 40 minutes. The maximum number of visitors per session is 100.
The most beautiful palace.
It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built in harmony with natural topography. Everywhere in the palace is full of flowers and trees, and life shots appear from any angle.
Among them, Gungye Ilhak sponsored Hong Maehwa! A separate entrance fee is required and the viewing time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is a form of group viewing, accompanied by a commentator.
'Cherry Blossom = Seokjojeon' is an irrefutable formula. It's like a spring formula.
It is also the only palace where you can feel the atmosphere of a Western-style fountain and old palace at once. If you watch the change of the guards in a good time, it is truly one stone. One of the many reasons to choose Deoksugung is that you can visit at night anytime except on holidays! If you want to get intoxicated by the beauty of spring flowers that radiate extraordinary beauty under lighting, head to Deoksugung Palace.
A place where you can feel the colorful beauty of spring.
Various types of flowers bloom throughout the palace. At Changgyeonggung Palace, where you can feel splendid and colorful beauty, you can see yellow ginger trees, sansuyu, azaleas and plum trees. Also, in mid-April, the Yoshino cherry trees planted throughout the palace are in full bloom, giving them beauty.
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