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Gyeongbokgung Palace: Republic of Korea's National Treasure No. 223

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This is a set concept based on parts of the iconic Gyongbokgung Palace (경복궁), located in present day Seoul, South Korea (The Republic of Korea).

In its glory days, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the home of the king of the Joseon State, the kingdom that ruled over the Korean Peninsula for over five-hundred years before Korea's annexation by the Japanese in 1910. It was constructed in 1395 by King Taejo, the first king of Joseon. Today, it stands as museum and tourism complex and is a staple building in classic Korean architecture and culture.

I created this set to honor my Korean heritage. As an American born to Korean parents, I never got to fully experience Korean culture and art the way that people born in Korea would. The most I knew about Korean culture was through watching Korean television or listening to stories that my relatives told me. However, Korean architecture has always fascinated me due to its detailed and ornate construction, and I attempted to replicate that style here in my build. Although I have never visited Gyongbukgung in person, I would like to visit when I am older to better experience and appreciate my culture. Until then, I have built this LEGO concept so I can combine my respect for my Korean roots with the infinite creative and engineering potential of LEGO bricks.

This would make an amazing LEGO set because it is simply unique in its design and execution. The only official set LEGO has ever released based on a Korean building was set 21016 Sungnyemun in 2012 as part of the Architecture theme. It depicted the Sungnyemun Gate which was part of Joseon's Fortress Wall around Hanseong (present day Seoul). While a fantastic set in both execution and principle, set 21016 depicts a gate, while this depicts parts of a palace, making this set distinct but thematically similar to 21016. This set would add great cultural diversity to LEGO's product offerings and allow customers to build a set that is quite unlike anything currently offered by LEGO.

Features of the set:
  • 1282 pieces
  • The model sits at 13.6 x 8.8 inches (or 34.5 x 22.4 centimeters).
  • Depicts (from front to back; also for the plates on the last image) Gwanghwamun (광화문, The Main Gate), Geunjeongmun (근정문, The Third Gate), and Geunjeongjeon Hall (근정전, The King's Throne Hall). The other buildings of the palace were unfortunately not depicted due to size limitations.
  • Three printed plates with the names of each structure in Korean (officially, they're supposed to be written in Hanja, the writing system which uses Chinese characters to write in Korean; the set would likely have both versions so one could have the option of using the Korean names or the Hanja names). The plates are only depicted on the last image; when on the set, they would replace the plain black 2x4 plates on the top of each building.
  • One flagpole with a printed 2x4 plate of the Republic of Korea's Flag.
  • An interior of Geunjeongjeon Hall with a mini-build of the throne. There are white 2x2 plates with a center stud in the middle of the build so that the top can be more easily removed to view the throne room.

Thank you for reading. This set means a lot to me, so I would appreciate your support. Please share and have a great rest of your day!

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