Changdeokgung Palace

On Veterans’ Day, we headed out to Changdeokgung Palace, hoping we could also get tickets for a Secret Garden tour the same day. The Secret Garden is only accessible by guided tour, and the tours are limited to 100 people each. We arrived just before 11:00, and although the 11:30 English tour was sold out, we were able to get tickets for the 1:30 tour. I’m going to break this into two separate posts, the palace and then the garden, since I have so many fantastic photos from both.

First, we grabbed some lunch at a little place nearby. I had bibimbap, and Domingos had bulgogi and rice. Delicious as always! Then we set out to explore the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The palace served as a secondary palace of the Joseon Dynasty, and was originally constructed in 1405. It was destroyed during the Japanese invasion from 1592-1598, then rebuilt in 1610.

At the palace entrance
At the palace entrance
Markers leading to the throne room
Markers leading to the throne room
Inside of the throne room
Inside of the throne room
Ceiling
Ceiling
Inside the queen's residence
Inside the queen’s residence
Behind the queen's residence, gate leading to the Secret Garden
Behind the queen’s residence, gate leading to the Secret Garden
Trees behind the queen's residence
Trees behind the queen’s residence, along a four-terraced garden
Detail of roofing features
Detail of roofing features

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