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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Inside Gyeongbokgung, Part VIII: Gyotaejeon Queen's Chamber

Gyotaejeon Hall (Hanja: 交泰殿), is a building used as the main residing quarters by the queen inside Gyeongbok Palace during the Joseon Dynasty. The building is located behind Gangnyeongjeon, the king's quarters, and contains the queen's bed chamber. It was first constructed in around 1440, the 22nd year of King Sejong the Great.

King Sejong, who was noted to have a frail health later in his reign, decided to carry out his executive duties in Gangnyeongjeon, where his bed chamber is located, instead of Sajeongjeon. Since this decision meant many government officials routinely needed to visit and intrude Gangnyeongjeon, King Sejong had Gyotaejeon built in consideration of queen consort's (Queen Soheon of Cheongsong Shim Clan) privacy.

The building was burned down in 1592 when the Japanese invaded Korea during Imjin Invasion, but was reconstructed in 1867. Nevertheless, when Daejojeon of Changdeok Palace was burned down by a fire in 1917, the Japanese government disassembled the building and recycled its construction materials to restore Daejojeon. The current building was reconstructed in 1994 according to its original design and specifications. The building, like Gangnyeongjeon, does not have a top roof ridge called yongmaru.

Amisan (아미산/峨嵋山), a famous garden created from an artificial mound, is located behind Gyotaejeon. Four hexagonal chimneys, constructed around 1869 in orange bricks and decorative roof tiles, adorn Amisan without showing their utilitarian function and are notable examples of formative art created during the Joseon Dynasty. The chimneys were registered as Korea's Treasure No. 811 on January 8, 1985.

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