One space in the ancient palace that I will introduce this time is “Changdeokgung Palace Secret Garden”.
When it comes to Joseon’s representative palace, many people would choose Gyeongbokgung Palace. In fact, however, the palace where the king of Joseon stayed for a long time is Changdeokgung, not Gyeongbokgung.
Changdeokgung Palace was restored first after all the palaces were destroyed during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. Gyeongbokgung was rebuilt in earnest after Gojong, so the king had to take care of the affairs at Changdeokgung for a long time.
The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace is one of the representative traditional landscaping facilities of Korea.
They planted flowers and trees on natural terrain and dug ponds to arrange the buildings beautifully and harmoniously.
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Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00
* Last admission: 1 hour before closing
[Huwon Tour (Guided Tour only)]
Mar-May, Sept-Oct 10:00-17:30
Feb, Nov 10:00-17:00
* Last tour: 1hr 30min before closing
The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace starts at 10 a.m. and is open almost every hour. Of course, you have to buy tickets so you can go in and buy them online or on site.
I recommend making reservations online and come here!
I came here about an hour ago and looked around the inside of Changdeokgung Palace. You can look back after you finish the secret garden tour, but considering the efficient route, it is not wasteful to see the inside of Changdeokgung Palace first.
Fortunately, the maple hasn’t fully fallen yet. Of course, i missed the peak of the fall foliage, but this is enough.
Follow the instructions of the narrator from the entrance. If he moves, we move, he stops, we stop. No personal action! You must be with a commentator until the end of the tour.
The contrast between living red foliage and dead faded foliage on the ground. maple leaves whirling in place in the swaying wind. It’s like dancing in the air.
Red, orange, yellow, even with the same maple. It’s just amazing all of these foliage wearing its own clothes.
Follow the narrator at the entrance. The first stop we arrived is Buyongji. I heard Buyong means a lotus flower. Will lotus bloom in the pond here in summer?
Anyway, it’s used for a variety of purposes. Most of them are “leisure.” Beautiful buildings used for rest and academic purposes.
This was the first central secret garden, a relatively open space for academics and education as well as relaxation.
The second place is Aeryanji. A pavilion named and built by “king Sookjong” who loves lotus flowers. As expected, this place is full of lotus flowers in summer. Come back in the summer.
The next places are ‘Jondeokjeong’ and ‘pyeomusa’. If there is a pavilion, there is a pond. The hexagonal roof over there is Jondeokjeong Pavilion.
I think I should bring my lunch box in summer or early fall and open my mat and read a book.
And here behind JonDuckjeong is the largest and oldest ginkgo tree in the palace. A ginkgo tree about 250 years old. The size is enormous.
Suddenly, I remember Yongmunsa Ginkgo Tree. It is said to be the largest and oldest gingko tree in our country. It means bigger than this ginkgo tree. I’d like to check with my own eyes.
The next stop was Okryukcheon. There are ‘Soyojeong’, ‘Taegukjeong’ and ‘Chunguijeong’ nearby.
One of them, here, is said to be the king himself farming himself. Of course, the area is small but it is said to be the place where the king farms himself.
There’s a special event in the rice crop or in the harvest season. If you come to the right time, you will be able to see various things.
This is an artificial waterfall made of rocks. You can read a poem before you float a glass of wine in the stream and fall to the cliff. If you can’t finish it, you fail, and then you get a drink as a penalty. The opposite of today’s drinking game.
Leaving Okryukcheon behind, heading to Yeonkyongdang, the last place of the day.
The current Yeonkyongdang is estimated to have been newly built around 1865. While the size of the average private house is limited to 99 compartments, there is a difference as the area of Yeonkyongdang is about 120 compartments.
After King Gojong, Yeonkyongdang was used for political purposes, including receiving foreign minister and offering banquet. Yeonkyongdang was designated as Treasure No. 1770 in 2012.
This is the last stop afeter Yeonkyongdang. Now it’s time to go to the exit guided by the narrator.
The exit is longer than I thought. The autumn foliage on both sides of the road soothed the boredom.
Walk straight down the street and you will find the entrance to Changdeokgung Palace. So when you go out to that entrance, you’re done!
If you want to go back to Changdeokgung Palace after you finish the secret garden tour, you must start from the entrance again and go inside Changdeokgung Palace.
If you are considering an efficient route, i recommend you to visit Changdeokgung Palace first and then go to the secret garden.
Now I am waiting for the midwinter snow flower. I can’t wait to see the snowflakes piled up on the tiles. See you on a snowing day!!