Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is one of the nicest palaces in Korea,
demonstrating quintessential architecture from the Joseon period.
It was initially constructed in 1405, but was rebuilt in 1610.

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Donhwamun is the main gate of Chandeokgung.

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Beyond the stone Geumcheongyo Bridge you can see the Jinseonmun Gate.

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After passing through the Jinseonmun Gate, you enter a long courtyard with the Injeongmun Gate to the left and Sukjanmun directly opposite.

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The Injeongmun Gate leads to Injeongjeon, the throne hall,
which was used for important events.

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It is freshly painted, with bright colours inside

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and out.

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Exploring every nook and cranny of the complex takes some time.

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The roofs create a pleasing skyline.

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The new buildings in the distance
contrast with the distinctive traditional Korean style.

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The Angbuilgu is a hemispherical sundial used to tell the time.

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The Taesil Shrine stores the placenta and umbilical cords of the royal family.

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If you’re in Seoul and would like to get a taste of traditional Korean culture, Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon is a must-see. As an added bonus, people wearing hanboks (the traditional clothing of Korea) enter for free.

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Are you interested in visiting?  Take the orange line and get out at Anguk Station.

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