photo: Flickr / Justin Hill

Taewonjeon Shrine

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Seoul, Korea

Taewonjeon, #29 on the palace map, is a shrine built in 1868 to house a portrait of King Taejo of Joseon, the dynasty's founder, who is depicted in front of a Joseon royal screen. The hall was also used for funeral rites connected with the royal family; in particular as a stopping point for the coffin on its way to final burial. The shrine was destroyed during the Japanese Occupation, and rebuilt in 2005. The imposing presence of Mt. Bugaksan, so well captured in this photograph, is an essential feature of the shrine's location.

photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace