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 comprised 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.
I can honestly say it is a beauty of nature. The palace is magnificent, beautiful and grand for ancient standard. No words can describe the character and history of the palace. The architecture is amazing. When you look in, make sure you look toward the ceilings as well. The beauty doesn’t stop at the walls. FYI it is also a World Cultural Heritage (UNESCO).
At this palace I met 3 amazing girls from Sweden. Lelia, Natasha and Elin. They were struggling to take a picture with them all on it. I offered my help and I am so happy that I did so. Really have the feeling I made some friends for life 🙂 Hope to see them soon in Scandinavia.
We decided to see the rest of the palace area together. They told me that they are fond of watching Korean series and can relive some of the historical series they have watched in here.
Then I went for the secret garden tour (Huwon). It was beautiful but I bet it will be even more amazing when you go in spring or autumn. It is definitely a highlight of Changdeokgung Palace. Hence, most of these beauties are hidden from sight, if you are not following the tour. On the other hand, the route may be difficult as there is some hiking involved (for elderly) and the tour would be almost impossible for those bound on wheelchair as maneuvering around it gets really tricky. Be prepared, with a good pair of walking shoes.
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