Beauty enriched by time. The entrance is a massive gate adorned with colourful patterns and wooden carvings. Walking through the palace grounds gives one a sense of ancient Korea especially if you are a fan of Korean period dramas. Despite the number of animated and excited tourists, the palace structure commands awe and respect. It immerses you into a feeling of mysterious curiosity. You will want to know about the people who previously lived here and the fascinating lives they had. Kings, princes and emperors walked through its halls. In the early 15th century, King Taejong commanded the construction of the palace at an auspicious site. The palace was built in Jongno-gu, in northern Seoul at the foot of Ungbong Peak of Mount Baegaksan. Mount Baegaksan is considered a main geomantic guardian mountain. All the decisions for the palace’s construction was influenced by the principle “baesanimsu” in Feng Shui theory.
There are 13 buildings on the palace grounds with 28 pavilions in different gardens. All the palace components are still intact, including the Injeongjeon or the main hall, Seongjeongjeon which is a supplemantary office in the main hall, Huijeongdang which is the residence of the royal family, Daejojeon and Nakseon-jae.
The ticket is very reasonable especially if you buy the combination ticket for the five grand palaces of Seoul. This ticket includes the secret garden in this palace as well which I recommend you to see but once you reach the pavilion with the pond where the souvenir shop is you may stop there because the rest will be a long walk with tree lined uphill path and some more pavilion, nothing else. The Injeongjeon Hall is the throne hall of the palace. There are also small buildings which good picture backgrounds with less people like the Huijeongdang Hall. A map of the palace is essential. Visitors can enter for free if they are wearing hanboks. But considering the price of renting a hanbok, you may want to pay for the ticket unless you are planning for a photoshoot with periodic mood or style.
How to get to Changdeokgung :
- 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Line 1, 3 or 5, Jongno 3-ga Station, Exit 7.
– Go north from the exit along Donhwamun-ro Street for about 500 m.
- Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 3.
– Go straight from the exit (east) for about 300 m.
- Take bus to Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon: 7025, 109 , 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601
– Get off from Changdeokgung Palaces bus stop.