Changdeokgung Palace

Finally, after four years in Seoul, Kevin and I took a tour of one, just one of Seoul’s umpteen palaces.
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This post is not food related, my first non-food related post I think, unless you would like me to go into detail concerning the mocha and vanilla latte Kevin and I downed before the tour. They were from coffee bean, and delicious. Very creamy. How is that? Does coffee bean only use whole milk? Way better than Starbucks, but I don’t like their cappuccinos: too big and not enough foam.

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Ok, I am getting off track. I’m no Erin Wigger or Max Watson, but enjoy the photos, and don’t wait four years to check out Seoul’s cultural sights.

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Changdeokgung palace is regarded as Seoul’s most photogenic palace, boasting acres of wooded gardens and a pond pavilion. Fall is the most opportune time to visit as the changing leaves breath life into the ghostly empty buildings.

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After Korea gained independence from Japan, government offices occupied all of Seoul’s palaces. The last crown prince of the Korea, Euimin, who at the age of 10 was taken to Japan where he was later forced to marry the Japanese princess Nashimotonomiya Masako. They returned to Korea in November of 1963 to reside at Changdeokgung, though he and his family were sequestered in the vacant concubine quarters. He died seven years later.

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This palace in particular is a UNESCO heritage site and you can only enter through a guided tour. English guided tours take place daily (Except Mondays) at 11:30a.m, 1:30p.m, and 3:30p.m. Tickets are 3,000 won. Changdeokgung Palace is located near Anguk Station, line 3, exit 3.

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4 thoughts on “Changdeokgung Palace

  1. Changdeokgung is the best choice if you only go to one of Seoul’s palaces. The shame is that you must go on a guided tour–though it’s easy to ditch the guides if you go on one of the crowded Korean-language tours.

    I was there last week with my girlfriend who hadn’t been there since she was a kid. The buildings are mostly the same as the other palaces, but I’m always amused by the turn-of-the-last-century additions like electric lights.

    Of course, the best part is Biwon (“the Secret Garden”) and all of the trees and serenity right there in downtown Seoul.

    I wish Seoul would get it together and revamp the palaces to look like they did when they were inhabited. Looking into barren rooms is uninspiring. I’d gladly pay $10 for a lush tour; they need to model their palaces after Versailles! But Korean style, of course.