Visual Index of Seoul Sites (Site name and description)
Biwon Garden Biwon Garden (1623)
The private garden of the royal family in the Joseon dynasty.
Bongeunsa Temple Bongeunsa Temple (founded 794, 19th-20th centuries)
A rare example of a large urban temple.
Changdeokgung Palace Changdeokgung Palace (1405, 1592)
The prettiest of the royal palaces, nestled in a garden.
Changgyeonggung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace (1484, 1830s)
A royal palace built for the dowager queens of the Joseon dynasty.
Deoksugung Palace Deoksugung Palace (1592, 19th-20th centuries)
The last refuge of the Joseon dynasty.
Dongmyo Shrine Dongmyo Shrine (1599)
Shrine to the Chinese general Guan Yu.
Gyeongbokgung Palace Gyeongbokgung Palace (1392, 1860s)
The palace of Taejo, the 1st king of the Joseon dynasty.
Jongmyo Shrine Jongmyo Shrine (1392, 19th century)
A shrine to the royal ancestors.
Munmyo Shrine Munmyo Shrine (1288, reconstructed early 1600s)
The highest university of Joseon Korea, and a shrine to the Confucian sages.
Namdaemun Gate Namdaemun Gate (1388, rebuilt 1447)
The city's south gate, and the site of a bustling market.
Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs (1494-1545)
Tombs of King Seongjong, Queen Min, and their son King Jungjong.
Wongudan Altar Wongudan Altar (1899)
Altar for beseeching heaven for bountiful harvests.


All images copyright 2001 Timothy M. Ciccone

Hong, Dae-hyeong. Hangukui Geonchuk Munhwajae 1: Seoul Pyeon
  Gi Mun Dang Publishers, 2001. Seoul

Kang, Suk-won et al. Architectural Guide to Seoul
  Bal-eon Publishing Company, 1995. Seoul

Won, Kim. Jongmyo Shrine
  Kwang Jang Press, 1984. Seoul