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Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

If you're on a tight schedule to see only one palace in Seoul, then you must check Changdeokgung out and do the garden visit (guided tour only and quite long). This palace is said to be built during the Joseon period in the 14th century.

The interesting part is the main building like a royal court, where there's an interesting dragon decoration high up in the ceiling where visitors can only see it from a certain angle.


Wikipedia summary:

#Changdeokgung (Hangul, 창덕궁, 昌德宮; literally, "Prospering Virtue Palace"), also known as Changdeokgung #Palace or Changdeok Palace, is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, #Seoul, #SouthKorea. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the #Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897).[1] As it is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung—along with Changgyeonggung—is also referred to as the "East Palace" (동궐, 東闕, Donggwol). Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung. One such element is the fact that the buildings of Changdeokgung blend with the natural topography of the site instead of imposing themselves upon it. It, like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910–1945). Currently, only about 30% of the pre-Japanese structures survive.

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Taken on November 17, 2016