Embrace the regal allure of South Korea's Joseon Dynasty at the Yongheunggung Royal Residence, a historically significant site on the scenic island of Ganghwa.
Situated on a hill overlooking the serene sea, the Residence was a summer retreat for King Cheoljong, providing an insight into the royal lifestyle of the 19th century.
Built in 1854, the Yongheunggung Residence beautifully captures the essence of traditional Korean architecture, with its multi-tiered roofs, wooden pillars, and vibrant dancheong decorations. The residence complex includes the main hall (Jeonggwanheon), where the King held informal meetings, and Yeongyeongdang, an auxiliary building for royal banquets.
One of the highlights is the ornamental pond adorned with a quaint bridge and an island, offering picturesque views of the sea and the surrounding landscape. Nearby, the Royal Tomb of King Cheoljong, nestled amidst tranquil pine woods, adds to the historic charm of the area.
A visit to Yongheunggung Residence is more than just a history lesson; it's an opportunity to experience the grandeur of Korea's past amidst the stunning natural beauty of Ganghwa Island. Soak in the tranquility and heritage, as you step into a royal epoch of yesteryears.
Yongheunggung Royal Residence (Palace) was not actually a ‘palace.’ It was simple a residence of a royal family member who later on became a king.
This royal residence seems quiet but well-maintained by the local authority of Ganghwado. Many travelers visit the residence not only due to its historical relevance in Korean history but also the old royal residential structure.
I visited this historic place with my friends. It was one of the places we have visited and enjoyed in a day (more sites below).
Since Ganghwa Island is generally a flatland (except for its mountainous parts), visitors of various ages can easily move and walk around with no difficulties.
I mean, older people and little children can walk around safely and freely as there is no heavy traffic.
People enjoy nearby Yongheunggung Royal Residence its coffee shops, souvenir stores, pottery shops, restaurants, and other traditional and rural features.
Yongheunggung royal residence is where King Cheoljong (circa 1849-1863) used to reside long before he was enthroned.
The king was a Joseon Dynasty ruler reigned in 1849-63. The palace was his residence before he became a king.
The governor of Ganghwa, Jeong Gi-Se, ordered to reconstruct the original structure in 1853 during the fourth year of King Cheoljong's reign, and the residence was named Yongheunggung.
The main entrance gate is located in an alley and the buildings the composed the residence are simple just like the Nakseongjae House in Changdeokgung Palace located in Seoul City.
Other signs that it is the residence and former house of King Cheoljong are the memorial stones and a monument that inscribed this fact.
Recently, one can find an inner hall and an annex hall in this residential structure.
By the way, Yongheunggung Royal Residence is interestingly located adjacent to the popular Anglican Church which is also a national treasure having its own historical relevance in the area.
Assuming that you are departing from Seoul area, here’s how you can get to this royal residence in Ganghwa Island…
Moreover, if you want to know the complete address and for further information, please see them below.
Address: 16-1, Dongmunan-gil 21beon-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon (인천광역시 강화군 강화읍 동문안길21번길 16-1)
Phone for Inquiry: +82-32-930-3033
Aside from this historical and educational tourist destination, more sites and attractions are also waiting for your visit on Ganghwa Island. Such are the following places…
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