Located at the furthest northern part of the city, thus earning the name Gyeongbokgung, this palace was voted as one of the most scenic location in the whole Seoul despite suffering from massive destruction during the Imjinwaeran War(Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598), however masterfully restored during the reign of King Gojon.
There are different points to enter the palace, however if you are coming from Bukchon Hanok Village and the hip neighborhood of Samcheong-dong, the best entrance to use is the one closest to the National Folk Museum and the National Palace of Korea.
From the Hyangwonjeong, as expected the rest of the palace grounds are series of different buildings categorized, and built as per their function- the Geoncheonggung was once a royal residence of Emperor Gojong (the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty) and his wife, Empress Myeongseon; the Donggung, the compound where the crown prince and his wife were living; Sajeongjeon used as the main executive office by the kings of Joseon Dynasty; Jibokjae is a two-story private library used by King Gojong.; Jagyeongjeon, also called Jagyeongjeon Hall is a building used as the main residing quarters of Queen Sinjeong .
If Hyangwonjeong is used for private ceremeny, the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion located at another artificial island in the middle of rectangular lake is used for formal, official occasions. The architecture of Gyeonghoeru is considered timeless and very valuable, thus once appeared on Korean 10,000 Won banknote.