Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Changdeokgung Palace is also known as Donggwol, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace. For 270 years, the palace was home to the Joseon government and was also the favored residence of many Joseon Dynasty kings. This makes Changdeokgung Palace the longest-serving royal residential palace. Compared to other palaces, Changdeokgung Palace is well-preserved and still has many of its original features. A particular virtue of Changdeokgung Palace is the way its buildings blend into the surrounding landscape. The palace’s rear garden, Huwon, is considered an excellent example of Korean garden design and is the only rear garden of any Korean palace. In 1997, Changdeokgung Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

If you are a fan of Korean Sageuk Dramas, you may have seen Changdeokgung Palace in one of them. We stayed in Anguk area so the palace was just a walking distance. The nearest Station is Anguk Station which is less than 5 minute walk to the Palace.

The entrance

Can you imagine that this was built in 1412 during the reign of King Tejong, the 3rd Joseon Dynasty King.

Joseon is the former name of Korea

These two caught my attention before entering the Palace. Do they remind us of first love?

I wonder what they are talking about…they look serious

and were inside…

We passed through the historical Geumcheongyo Bridge which has been there since its original existence to get to the Injeongjeon Hall.

The Injeongjeon Hall is the main hall of Changdeokgung Palace. Royal Events and Conferences took  place here.

Look at the intricate designs

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Huijeongdang Hall was used as a women’s residence and later as a place of work and rest for the king. Noticed the driveway?

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We were waiting for our turn for the tour of the Secret Garden

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