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.
Donhwamun is the main gate of Chandeokgung.
Beyond the stone Geumcheongyo Bridge you can see the Jinseonmun Gate.
After passing through the Jinseonmun Gate, you enter a long courtyard with the Injeongmun Gate to the left and Sukjanmun directly opposite.
The Injeongmun Gate leads to Injeongjeon, the throne hall,
which was used for important events.
It is freshly painted, with bright colours inside
Exploring every nook and cranny of the complex takes some time.
The roofs create a pleasing skyline.
The new buildings in the distance
contrast with the distinctive traditional Korean style.
The Angbuilgu is a hemispherical sundial used to tell the time.
The Taesil Shrine stores the placenta and umbilical cords of the royal family.
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.
Are you interested in visiting? Take the orange line and get out at Anguk Station.