Read books like a king at Changgyeong Palace library
Perhaps the tranquil ambience of the royal palaces provided the perfect atmosphere to read. Luckily, visitors to Changgyeong Palace in central Seoul can see for themselves as the palace decided to open up its Jipbokheon House on March 20 after turning it into a small library. The library will operate until April 15.
The front and back doors of Jipbokheon House will be wide open, allowing for sunlight to come in and a cool spring breeze to pass through. Visitors can take a seat and read books about palaces and the culture and customs of palace life. There are also books about the signboards of Changgyeong and Changdeok palaces. According to the palace, there are about 300 books on the shelves.
Jipbokheon House is the building connected to Yeongchunheon Hall’s west wing where King Jeongjo spent a lot of time. It is where Crown Prince Sado (1735-62) and King Sunjo (1970-1834) were born and where King Sunjo’s biological mother resided.
“We will continue to open up and reveal more spaces in the palace for the public to enjoy so that they can have hands-on learning experiences about the history while enjoying our cultural heritage,” said an official from the palace.
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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