Located in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace was built on level ground
and served the official functions of a palace. It was built according to planning and specifications for an
official residence to meet the requirements of the capital city. Changdeokgung Palace, however, was designed and built according to more Korean specifications handed down from the Three Kingdoms
Period, and consequently retained much more that was uniquely Korean.The capital of the Joseon
Dynasty was moved from Gaeseong in the north to Hanyang(today's Seoul) in 1392, but construction of
the palace actually began in October of 1404 during the 4th year of the reign of King Taejong.
Construction of the main building Jeongjeon began in February of 1405 and was completed in
October of the same year. At the same time, however, the grounds retained a great deal of privacy
for palace life, as evidenced by the small number of entrances.
But there is a large number of artifacts which have been preserved to inform us of life in the inner
world of the palace.
And even today, Changdeokgung Palace remains the most Korean of all palaces. National Palace Museum