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Changdeokgung Palace is the second royal villa built after Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. Changdeokgung was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings, and is the best preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The rear garden that was used as a place of rest by the kings boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.
The palace served as the main building after the 9th king of Joseoun, Seongjong, when a number of kings used this palace as a place of dwelling. However, the palace was burned down during the time of the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. Angry citizens set fire to the palace when it was evacuated during the time of invasion. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was later restored in 1611, where nature and art now flourishes, quite a sight to see for tourists. The palace is filled with cultural assets such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall and Nakseonjae to visit.
The World Cultural Heritage Committee also designated Changdeokgung Palace as a World Cultural Heritage in December of 1997 in Napoli, Italy.
Changdeokgung’s rear garden was constructed during the reign of Taejong, and had served as a resting area for the royal family members. The garden was also called Bukwon and Geumwon, but after Kojong became king, he renamed it Biwon. The garden was kept as natural as possible and human hands were only used when absolutely necessary.
Buyongjeong, Buyongji, Juhabru, Eosumun, Yeonghwadang, Bullomun, Aeryeonjeong, and Yeongyeongdang are some of the many pavilions and fountains that occupy the gardens. The most beautiful time to see the garden is during the fall when the autumn foliage is at its fullest peak and the leaves start to fall.
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheel chair free rental service, disabled toilets, disabled parking lot (Due to a steep slope, wheelchair users might find it hard to access the Ongnyucheon area)
English - 3 times a day 11:30, 13:30, 15:30
* Ongnyucheon Audio Guide Tour - 10:00 (audio guide available in English)
- From Exit No. 3 of Anguk Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 3), walk 5 minutes.
- From Exit No. 6 of Jongno 3-ga Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 1, 3 and 5), walk 10 minutes.