Take a look at the largest, and what is considered to be the most beautiful, of Seoul 's Five Grand Palaces.
The most impressive of the Joseon-era (1392-1910) palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace features a grand throne hall and an impressive pond-side pavilion. Flagstone courtyards mark where government officials lined up to take part in elaborate court rituals. Palace guards march around in colorful uniforms and the complex includes two museums.
The royal palace museum shows off the lifestyle of the privileged royals, who were surrounded by servants, slaves and eunuchs right up until 1910 when Japan annexed Korea and abolished the Korean monarchy. The marvelous folk museum at the rear reveals how ordinary Koreans have lived throughout the ages.