Date Visited: 23rd March 2014
When comes to travelling, there are two things I love to do and coincidentally, both start with the letter of "S" - sightseeing and shopping. And when in Seoul, a visit to any of these royal palaces is like stapler itinerary for most tourists and travellers. Since I've been to Gyeongbokgung Palace back in 2011 with my friends where I got to experience free trying on hanbok (Korean traditional costume), I decided to try my luck once again by visiting the other royal palace with my family - this time I opted for Changdeokgung Palace.
#1: Admission fee for Changdeokgung Palace is 3,000 won for an adult
Literally means Prosperity Virtue Palace in Hangul, Changdeokgung Palace is listed as one of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its outstanding example of oriental palace architecture and garden design. It was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace during the Joseon Dynasty.
#2: Injeongjeon, Mall Hall - It was used for major state affairs including the coronation of new king and receiving foreign envoys.
#3: Royal throne in Injeongjeon Mall Hall
Majority of the buildings were heavily damaged during the Japanese invasion. Up to date, only 13 buildings remaining on the palace grounds and 28 pavilions in the gardens. Despite the major damages, Changdeokgung Palace is the most well-preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces.
#4: One of the hall entrance roof - Certainly fine and outstanding architecture
#5: Despite the major damages, almost all the buildings are well-preserved
Right after done with the phototaking, I looked around to see whether they provide any free trying of the hanbok but unfortunately I have no luck in here. Just when we about to leave this place with disappointment, we were in state of shock to spot cherry blossoms, or commonly known as sakura. Well, at least we didn't go back with empty handed.
#7: Although it's not in full bloom, but I glad to catch a glimpse of sakura once again
#8: The pink sakura
Due to time constraint, we missed out to visit the Secret Garden Tour which lies behind the palace. Guess this gives me another excuse to return to South Korea once again.
How To Get To Changdeokgung Palace
Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station - Exit 6; or
Anguk Station - Exit 3.
From the station, walk straight about 5 minutes to the palace entrance.
Admission Fee: 3,000 won for Changdeokgung Palace only and 5,000 for Secret Garden Tour.
However, if you are interested to visit all the Grand Palaces except for Gyeonghuigung Palace , you are advisable to purchase the Integrated Ticket of Palaces which cost 10,000 won only.