Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are consisted of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
The palace gained in importance starting from the time of 9th king of Joseon, Seongjong, when a number of kings began using it as a place of residence. Unfortunately, the palace was burned down by angry citizens in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese Invasion of Korea. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was restored in 1611 and hence been treasured by Koreans since then. Finally in 1997, Changdeokgung Palace had been listed in UNESCO list as one of the world heritage site. (cr: KTO site) [read more HERE]
One thing you should know about Changdeokgung Palace :
Do you know that Changdeokgung Palace is the only remaining palace that has never been “touched”(reconstruct) ever since the restoration back in 1611?
The properties in the palace has a great influence on the development of Korean architecture, Garden and Landscape planning, Related arts for many centuries. Changdeokgung Palace reflects sophisticated architectural values, harmonized with beautiful surroundings. Thus this is one of the reason why the locals love to visit the palace/having school field trips for students to understand the history behind it. (=
Wonder about how to get the tickets?
No worries. You can simply just purchase the entrance ticket on the day itself.
You’ll need 2 tickets in total.
3,000won for the Palace entrance while the Secret Garden Tour cost 5,000won.
(Secret Garden comes as guided tour and has a specific timing for it. Read more HERE)
Elementary class students having their field trips
Injeongmun (Audience Chamber)
Chong-jon Hall (Main Hall)
The place where the king and other official grand ceremonies were held
One of the huge open space in Nakseonjae
Pretty blossom tress~
Itchy hands.. But the flowers were really beautiful!
Our pretty English guide for the Secret Garden Tour
PS: Please bear in mind that the tour last for 2hours!!!
And it’s really not a joke to tour around that 72-acre garden…
My love-hate relationship with Korea.
Darn! Even garden consists of steep slope. (-.-“
One of the sick tree(s) receiving it’s “medication” through the drips.
Beautiful view, isn’t it? Looks really like those ancient drama
長樂門 (One believes that you’ll be blessed and always happy within the compound)
Calvin and Nanny is very happy within 長樂門compound…
But not me…because my legs were on the verge to break! *LOLS*
Got a little bored and playing some effects with my Casio ZR700.
So pretty.. I mean the scene, not me. ㅋㅋㅋ
Goodbye Secret Garden. Goodbye Changdeokgung Palace.
Do have a stroll over at Changdeokgung Palace the next time when you visit Korea.
Secret Garden Tour is highly recommended by me even though there’s really a lot of walking involved in the garden.
Check out Changdeokgung Palace official website HERE.
[All Photos taken with Casio Camera Ex-ZR700]