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.