Changdeokgung Palace, literally meaning “The Palace of Prospering Virtue,” was the second palace built during the Joseon Dynasty but is thought by many to be the best of the five Korean palaces. Each building was built to blend with and complement the nature around it, and it’s gardens are some of the most beautiful and include 300-year-old trees.
It was a favorite of the kings too, with many using it as their primary residence. The palace was burned in 1592 during an invasion by Japan, but was reconstructed in 1611. Of course, many of the palace buildings were again destroyed during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945); only about 30 percent have been restored.
And to tie-in with last weeks theme, parts of the Korean drama Dae Jang Geum were filed at Changdeokgung.
Of course, if you’ve read much of this blog you’ll know that we didn’t visit any of the palaces while in Seoul. So this another one from my wish list of places to visit.
You can find all of the information you need to plan a visit at one of the following Web sites.
Official site of Korean Tourism http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264348
Changdeokgung-World Heritage, the official site of the palace