A Royal Pavilion is Rebuilt in Seoul

Artisans from throughout Korea helped renovate the small waterfront structure at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

SEOUL — Three years after being dismantled piece by piece, a 19th-century pavilion where Korean royalty once frolicked has been reassembled, and lotus flowers — the ancient symbol of rebirth — will bloom again on its pond in the spring.

The Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, a 450-square-foot hexagonal jewel box of a building constructed in wood for the Korean royal family, stands on the grounds of the sprawling Gyeongbokgung Palace in north-central Seoul. The palace is the largest of five built during the Joseon dynasty, which ruled Korea from the late 14th century to the late 19th century, and stands

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