Places to go: Changdeokgoong Palace and Huwon


창덕궁과 후완 Changdeokgoong Palace and Huwon was built as a secondary palace in 1405 as a place for Kings to rest. The palace was burned down during the Japanese invasion after the royal family fled. In 1611 the palace was restored and as of 1997 is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Photo credit: KTO
  
What most caught my attention was the garden:

The garden had formerly been called ‘Bukwon’ and ‘Geumwon,’ but was renamed ‘Biwon’ after King Kojong came into power. The garden was kept as natural as possible and was touched by human hands only when absolutely necessary. Buyongjeong, Buyongji, Juhabru, Eosumun, Yeonghwadang, Bullomun, Aeryeonjeong, and Yeongyeongdang are some of the many pavilions and fountains that occupy the garden. (KTO)

The 300-year-old tree in the one garden also sounds pretty. Palaces are amongst my favourite places to go when traveling. As a former history major I can’t help but get excited at walking the same halls so many important people walked centuries before me.

The palace offers a variety of tours for visitors, including one for the Secret Garden (which I’m likely to go on).

Interesting fact: did you know the first ladies visited the palace during the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul? 

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