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Changdeokgung Palace

03072  2-71, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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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. 

Visitors to Changdeokgung Palace might also like to see the nearby Changgyeonggung Palace as well as the recently restored Naeuiwon (Royal infirmary) at the entrance to Changdeokgung Palace.

Huwon: a garden of natural beauty

Huwon is self-contained and occupies sixty percent of Changdeokgung. The palace buildings are situated on the ridge of Bugaksan (Mt.) and have very few artificial features in order to blend into their natural surroundings. In the center of Huwon is a large pond, Buyongji, along with Buyongjeong (Pavilion) and Juhapru (Pavilion). A cross-shaped roof and two supporting pillars rising from the pond make the design of Buyongjeong unique. It is said that King Jeongjo (the twenty-second king of the Joseon Dynasty) and his courtiers often enjoyed fishing here at Buyongjeong. In the past Juhapru housed a royal library and was a place where both king and courtiers studied and discussed politics. Eosumun (Gate), the entrance to Juhapru, has a symbolic meaning for kings and government officials because of its name which literally means “Fish cannot live without water” but is usually understood as “The ruler should always put his people first.” 

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Address
03072  2-71, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Anguk Station (subway line 3) exit 3, roughly 5 min. away on foot
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (subway lines 1, 3, 5) exit 6, roughly 10 min. away on foot

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Latest 5 reviews of Changdeokgung Palace

  • My Favorite Palace Visited
    Changdeokgung Palace was my favorite palace visited on my trip to Seoul. I was here later in the day after visiting Gyeongbokgung and it was far less crowded and more peaceful. The scale is much...
    5 BZimm082018-11-17
  • Well located park and temple
    It is a temple where you mind find some Korean culture inspirations if you have time worth having a look
    5 FarisAlavi2018-11-16
  • Rainy Fall Day
    We came when it was raining the entire day. The palace was beautiful but the rain made it hard to walk because the floor is sand. People come here to see the garden. But you will need to get tickets...
    5 angeltespinosa2018-11-16
  • Amazing insight into Korean history + do the Secret Garden!
    UNESCO World Heritage-listed, this palace will make you feel like you are in old Korea. As soon as you step inside, it's as if the madness of modern Seoul has gone - everything is quiet, beautiful...
    5 EmmaVestrheim2018-11-16
  • Palace & secret garden
    One of those 5 palace in seoul. Beautiful architecture and lots of joseon kingdom history. This palace is full of visitors and tourist. If given a chance, secret garden tour is a must to visit where...
    5 Yoke Hein K2018-11-15
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