One of the tourist destinations that foreign tourists most like to visit in Korea would be where they can meet the past of Korea. This is why so many foreign tourists visit Bukchon Hanok Village and Jeonju Hanok Village where they can discover traditional housing and culture of Korea. In this aspect, a tour course of peeping through the footsteps of the King who led the Joseon Dynasty is appealing to foreigners. As such, 'Korea Agrafood' introduces favorite Korean cuisines of the kings along with the royal palace, the home of the royal family including the king.
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest legal palace in the Joseon Dynasty, built during the reign of King Taejo. Here you can see Geunjeongjeon Hall, the best wooden building in existence, beautiful Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, Hyangwonjeong, the first source of electricity in Korea, and Gwanghwamun, the front gate of Gyeongbokgung. From these historic sites, we can peep into the state affairs facilities of the Joseon king and officials as well as living space of the royal family. Traditional performances, tea ceremony and royal guard-changing ceremony are held for tourists.
· Contact: +82-2-3700/3800/3900
· Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr/html/eng
· Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm (in September and October), Closed: Tuesday
· Directions: 3 minutes walk from Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station in Subway Line 3
Deoksugung Palace was originally called Gyeongungung Palace. It was named Deoksugung in memory of the virtue and wish for longevity of the late king (King Gojong) by King Sunjong. Although the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway is a famous dating site, it is also a site in remembrance of the fierce time in the modern history of Korea during Korea refuge at the Russian legation, proclamation of the Korea Empire and the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1905. Likewise, Deoksugung Palace remains the modern history of Korea in a place that combines the medieval and modern times with a modern pavilion and a western-style garden.
· Contact: +82-2-771-9951
· Website: deoksugung.go.kr/eng/index/asp
· Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm, Closed: Monday
· Directions: 1 minute walk from Exit 2 of City Hall Station in Subway Lines 1 and 2
Changdeokgung Palace is a palace during the Joseon Dynasty, located at the foot of Eungbong Peak, the left peak of Bugaksan Mountain. Changdeokgung Palace that served as a legal palace of Joseon until all palaces were burnt during the Japanese invasion and Gyeongbokgung Palace was built, was the only palace in Korea to be listed as world heritage in 1997. You can see Donhwamun Gate, the front gate of Changdeokgung, Injeongjeon Hall where the inaugurations of many kings during the Joseon Dynasty were held, and Gwollaegaksa, a government office in palace to assist the king and the royal court.
· Contact: +82-2-3668-2300
· Website: eng.cdg.go.kr
· Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm (in September and October), Closed: Monday
· Directions: 5 minute walk from Exit 3 of Anguk Station in Subway Line 3
#Tips for visiting palaces
Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and Changdeokgung palaces are located in Jongno-gu, Seoul and can be reached by public transportation or by foot. You can also purchase a pass that includes admissions to the Changgyeonggung Palace and the Jongmyo Shrine for KRW 10,000. On every last Wednesday, you can enter admission free if you wear Hanbok.
#Favorite cuisines of Kings in the Joseon Dynasty
· Neobiani (Marinated Grilled Beef Slices)
Neobiani, also known as royal bulgogi, is cooked by mincing beef sirloin or tenderloin, seasoning, shaping into slices and grilling. Neobiani is especially full of flavor. It originated from Maekjeok, and in Gaeseong, there was grilled meat dish called Seokhamyeok. Later on, it is known that the recipe of Neobiani was known mainly in royal cuisine. It is known as a favorite dish of King Sejong who especially liked meat among Joseon kings.
Japchae is made by mixing vegetables such as spinach, carrot, mushroom and onion with glass noodles and meat and is served warm. From old days, it was a favorite dish in birthday parties, wedding banquets and feasts for its colors and dignity. It is said that Japchae was first served in the royal feast during the reign of Gwanghaegun in the Joseon Dynasty. Also, Gilgyeong Japchae, known to be served to King Jeongjo during his honored going to Hwaseong, is a mixed vegetable dish made from white balloon flower roots, burdock and cucumber for the flavor of balloon flower roots and crunchy taste.
Naengmyeon, globally known when served in the banquet during the 2018 inter-Korean Summit, was originally a winter folk food in the Pyeongyang region since Goryeo Dynasty where they served noodles in cold soup. When it was spread across the country during the Joseon Dynasty, kings of Joseon including King Gojong, King Yeongjo, King Jeongjo, King Sunjong and King Sunjo enjoyed it. Famous Naengmyeon styles include the Pyeongyang style with bland and refreshing soup, the Hamheung style with chewy potato starch noodles and the Jinju style with seafood stock and colorful toppings.
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