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Guenjeongjeon(Main hall), Gyongbok palace
Seoul

Gyeongbokgung palace("Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.") is the largest palace of Chosun dynasty(1395-1905). This palace is destroyed during the Japaneses Hideyoshi invasions of 1592, and reconstructed in 1867. However Gyeongbokgung Palace was largely torn down during the Japanese occupation in early 20C, and then the restoration has been ongoing since 1990.

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Geunjeongjeon is the main hall of Gyeongbokgung palace. Kings conducted state affairs, held official functions, and received foreign envoys here. High ranking officials, including military officers, assembled in this court to pay highest respect to their kings.

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