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Two cultural heritage sites, Jeonggwanheon and Sukjeongmun Gate, are located in Seoul, Korea's 600-year-old capital city.

Jeonggwanheon (King's Lounge), meaning "to peacefully look out over other historical architecture," is easy to access on the grounds of Deoksugung Palace.

The palace, located in downtown Seoul by Seoul City Hall, was built in the 1500s. Jeonggwanheon was added in 1900.

Jeonggwanheon was the first European-inspired architecture ever constructed on the grounds of a royal palace in Korea. It was originally used by Emperor Gojong (reigning 1897-1907) for ceremonies.

In addition to giving public access, the Deoksugung Palace Cultural Properties Association holds traditional events at Jeonggwanheon.

Sukjeongmun Gate

Originally, Seoul was a walled city with four main gates of entry. Signifying "wisdom", Sukjeongmun Gate was the ancient capital's North Gate.

It was the last of the four gates to be opened to the public, because it was previously inaccessible for 38 years due to its location. The East, West and South gates are easy to reach because they are in Seoul city proper.

Located on Bukak Mountain, Sukjeongmun Gate is accessible from Hongnyeongsa Temple. Due to the area's seclusion, its gate and castle walls are preserved.

Walking trail

The Cultural Heritage Administration has constructed a 1.1-kilometer trail with wooden stairs to improve public access. It begins at Hongryeonsa temple and goes up to Chotdaebawee (the candlestick rock) past Sukjeongmun gate.

A designated guide provides detailed descriptions along the route.

Visits are on a first-come-first-served basis. The administration requests that visitors apply by Internet two weeks prior to their visit.