The Whole Picture: Gyeongbokgung Palace Sundial

| November 22, 2010 | 4 Comments
gyeongbokgungsundial The Whole Picture: Gyeongbokgung Palace Sundial

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung (경복궁, Gyeongbok Palace) is a palace located in northern Seoul. It was the main and largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty and one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.

The sundial located in Gyeongbokgung was invented by Jang Yeong-sil in 1433 (during the 16th year of King Sejong). The circular design has been taken as an indication that Joseon scientists could accurately read the sun’s movement and were very much aware that the earth was round. It was constructed in the shape of a hemisphere in order to express the shape of the sky

This type of hemispheric sundial was dubbed ‘Angbuilgu’, which literally means an “upward looking kettle that catches the shadow of the sun”.

Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Pictureirregularly.  Like all of our photos, it is an original photo not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from the archive that we haven’t posted yet.

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  1. ayngelina says:

    Love the depth of field in this photo, stunning work guys.

  2. WOW, this really is an amazing shot – love the contrast.

  3. A very impressive image, and an interesting explanation.
    All the best from Chile…

  4. Michael says:

    Probably not the safest part of the world to be in right now…

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