BTS performed ”IDOL’ as part of their BTSWEEK with Jimmy Fallon. Apart from their traditional black Hanbok outfits which got everyone talking about, the location where they performed was very beautiful. Due to the pandemic, the performance was done in South Korea and the location was Gyeongbokgung Palace. BTS have always promoted their culture through their music and lifestyle. Back in 2018 they were awarded the Order of Cultural Merit medal.
The Order of Cultural Merit is one of South Korea’s orders of merit awarded by the President of South Korea for “outstanding meritorious services in the fields of culture and art in the interest of promoting the national culture and national development. Cultural Minister Do Jong-hwan gave the medal to BTS at a ceremony at Olympic Hall in Seoul, after the group returned home after a highly successful, 52-day concert tour of the United States and Europe. BTS were the youngest recipients of the Award, showing just how their hard work is appreciated and acknowledged.
In the Music video for the song ‘IDOL’, BTS also adorns their traditional Hanbok attires and every live performance that BTS has done for the single has always been filled with traditional Korean attire, instruments and even the song itself has traditional Korean beats and sounds. With such a beautiful background, we all wanted to know the beautiful location that looks like heritage site with its authentic vintage like designed building. The place is known as Gyeongbokgung Palace located in Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.
The Korean government has invested much time and effort into rebuilding, restoring, and maintaining the palace for future generations. These efforts include work to rebuild and restore the buildings that were destroyed during the Japanese occupation. Visitors to Gyeongbokgung can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea as they are located on the palace grounds.
To increase ease of accessibility from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Seochon and vice versa, the palace’s western gate, Yeongchumun, was opened to the public on December 2018. For the past 43 years, there were only 3 entrances to Gyeongbokgung Palace – the southern gate Gwanghwamun, the northern gate Sinmumun, and the eastern entrance of National folk Museum of Korea. However, with the opening of the western gate Yeongchumun, entry to the palace from all directions has been now made possible.
Main Gates of Gyeongbokgung. Gwanghwamun (광화문, The Main and South Gate), Heungnyemun (흥례문, The Second Inner Gate), Geunjeongmun (근정문, The Third Inner Gate), Sinmumun (신무문, The North Gate), Geonchunmun (건춘문, The East Gate) and Yeongchumun (영추문, The West Gate)
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