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A building or maze with passageways that intersect and dead-end and that are often intentionally difficult to navigate. This term comes from the Greek word λαβύρινθος (labyrinthos). In ancient Greek mythology, King Minos of Crete built a labyrinth in his palace in Knossos in order to trap a Minotaur. Other traditions find labyrinths built as garden landscapes for focus and meditation, whereas other labyrinths are meant to represent spiritual quests for enlightenment.

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"Gimnyeong Maze Park Jeju (제주 김녕미로공원), November 14, 2010" by Seongbin Im is licensed under CC BY-SA.