Changdeokgung

November 3, 2014

On Sunday we ventured out into the chilly air to see Changdeok Palace (Changdeokgung). It was the 4th palace we’ve visited in Seoul so far and after a while they do tend to look the same. However, this palace had a feature that I really wanted to see in the fall: the Huwon Garden.

Like many things in Seoul, Changdeokgung was burned during the Japanese invasions between 1592 and 1598. It was rebuilt afterwards as a royal residence but burned again in 1623 and again in 1917. After the fire in 1917, the Japanese moved several buildings over from Gyeongbokgung.

Changdeokgung was the seat of power in Korea for 254 years – from 1618 to 1872. It also housed Korea’s last ruler, Emperor Sunjong, for a short period in 1907. After Korea’s last royal family returned from Japan in 1963 they used a few of the buildings as their residence until their deaths. In fact, Korea’s last crown princess (who was Japanese, interesting story!) died there in 1989.

Main throne hall - Injeongjeon

Main throne hall – Injeongjeon

selfie!

selfie!

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The interior of the throne hall

The interior of the throne hall

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Walking around the palace complex

Walking around the palace complex

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Entrance to Huwon Garden

Entrance to Huwon Garden

To enter the Huwon Garden we had to pay extra and be on a tour. Unfortunately there wasn’t an English tour for the rest of the day so we joined onto a Japanese tour. Luckily, being on a tour is just for show. As soon as our tour began the guide let all of the non-Japanese speakers go so we were free to walk around the garden on our own which is exactly what we wanted. It was really beautiful walking around in the chilly fall air amidst the lovely colors. Enjoy the beauty!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My favorite tree in Korea - gingko

My favorite tree in Korea – gingko

Donhwa Gate

Donhwa Gate

Also, this has nothing to do with Changdeokgung, but we ate some really great burgers on Saturday at Left Coast Burgers in Itaewon and I knew y’all would like to see the photos:

Fried pickles!

Fried pickles!

The John Wayne

The John Wayne

Juicy Lucy

Juicy Lucy (with my new and super comfy fleece in the background)

We will be back!

We will be back!

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