Changdeokgung Palace

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Changdeokgung Palace Seoul Reviews

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You must visit Changdeokgung Secret Garden! Jun 15, 2015
The Secret Garden in the City

In the middle of Seoul, There is a place you must visit. It is a Changdeokgung Secret Garden. It is definitely an unmissable place when you come to Korea. There are three reasons why you should put the Secret garden on your tour list.

First, it is a historically meaningful place. It has been about 600 years since Changdeokgung Palace was constructed in 1405. At first it was built for the purpose of second royal villa, but then Changdeokgung Palace had become a primary royal residential palace for the longest time as many Joseon Dynasty kings loved this place. The Secret Garden was especially a haven for the kings because it was a very private space where the kings could evade the strict court’s life. They usually spent their spare time reading, fishing and strolling there. While walking through the garden, you can imagine what it would be like to be a Joseon king.

Secondly, it is an eye-pleasing place. The garden was kept as natural as possible. The buildings were designed to make a good harmony with the surroundings, so all the trees, hillsides, streams and rocks are integral parts of the garden. The garden is filled with various kinds of plants and trees. There are more than hundred different kinds, and some are over 400 years old. Therefore, you might feel like you are in the middle of an arboretum. It’s a magical place just to look at as the structures blend perfectly into the nature.

Lastly, it is a perfect place for tourists. Special tour programs are held every spring and they offer English, Chinese and Japanese guided tours. The tour takes about an hour and gives you an explanation of the historical significance of the constructions. Besides, Changdeokgung Secret Garden has a great location where people can easily come by public transportation. Also, Insadong (where you can enjoy lots of Korean traditional crafts, street foods and art galleries) and Gyeongbokgung (where is another gorgeous palace of Joseon Dynasty) are both within walking distance from Chandeokgung. Therefore, tourists can find various attractions and it’s easy for them to make touring plans.

As shown above, the Secret Garden is worth visiting. If you are making plans to visit Seoul, I suggest you visit Changdeokgung Secret Garden. One thing to remember is, if you want a guide tour, you should book it before the visit. You can make a reservation at the Chandeokgung website: Don’t forget to book and enjoy the tour.
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goyourownway goyourow…
380 reviews
Beautiful scenery of temples, ponds and gardens Oct 12, 2014
N37°34.955' E126°59.606' If you only have time to visit one of Seoul’s five major palace complexes, make this UNESCO World Heritage property your choice. Changdeokgung (meaning Palace of Illustrious Virtue) was originally built in the early 15th century as a secondary palace to Gyeongbukgung. Following the destruction of both palaces during the Japanese invasion in the 1590s, Changdeokgung was rebuilt and became the primary royal residence until 1872. It remained in use by members of the royal family well into the 20th century.

During our visit in August 2014, the palace compound was opened for the public, but for visiting the Huwon (Secret Garden) – a must – we made reservations beforehand through their excellent website, because their guided tours are restricted to 50 people at a time. On the time of our visit, the ticket office did not ask for our reservation at all.

The tour starts in the palace compound beyond the palace. It takes 10 minutes to reach the gate. We found the secret garden amazing: beautiful scenery of temples, ponds and gardens. Not to be missed.
Huwon (Secret Garden)
Huwon (Secret Garden)
Huwon (Secret Garden)
Huwon (Secret Garden)
WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
See both palace and garden! Nov 22, 2012
Originally built as a secondary palace, Changdeokgung Palace is a nice place to check out, mainly for the secret garden. But that may depend on what time of year you visit, which can shape your opinion of this attraction.

If you have been to Gyeonbokgung, you may find them too similar and thus, this one is not as interesting. But it is on a smaller scale, since it was originally built as the secondary palace. It is still worth checking out, though how to do that, can be tricky. Here’s why:

The Lonely Planet guidebook says that Thursdays are the only day in the week, where you can see the palace on your own, but I’ve heard a few people say that they did it on other days of the week. I don’t know for sure, but if you have a choice, definitely see it on your own, as you get to see more at your own pace.

When entering the palace, definitely pick up a booklet at the entrance, which gives you a nice tour of the place and each area. Each area is named, and served a different purpose on the palace.

As for the secret garden, you can only be seen on a guided tour, with different times for different languages. What may sound like a tourist trap, the secret garden is surprisingly a nice place to check out, and the main reason to come to Changdeokgung. If possible, definitely visit in any season but winter, since the leaves on the trees, adds to the color of the secret garden, making the place look a lot nicer.

Get there early, if you don’t want to wait for the secret garden tour after finishing seeing the palace, as it can be a long gap.
entrance gate
Geumcheongyo Bridge
Injeongjeon Hall, throne hall
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cicie says:
Congrats Walter
Posted on: Feb 09, 2013
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bigmac993 says:
Congrats on your feature today Walter!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2013

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