Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main palace of five magnificent palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. As the main palace, Gyeongbokgung was often the target of attacks by invading armies. For this reason, it has been demolished or burned to the ground several times since its construction in 1395. When it was demolished at the end of the 16th century, during the Imjin War, it was abandoned for more than two centuries. It was not rebuilt until the 19th century, but at the beginning of the 20th century, it was systematically destroyed by colonial forces of Imperial Japan, which ruled the Korean Peninsula. When South Korea overcame all the wars, the authorities set out to rebuild the Gyeongbokgung Palace, resulting in a magnificent complex that today is the pride of the country’s history. Today, the National Folk Museum and the National Palace Museum are located in this complex, as well as many other historic buildings that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.