Friday, August 19, 2011

Travel Tips: Changdeokgung Palace, UNESCO World Heritage in Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung Palace or the “Palace of Prospering Value” is one of the original five grand palaces that were built during the Joseon Dynasty in 15th century. It has been proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the World's Heritage site in 1997 as it is the most preserved original shape among the existing palaces of Joseon Dynasty.

The main reason that I like about Changdeokgung Palace is because of the beautiful and well preserved landscaping with the nature around the palace, which is located in the city center of Seoul, South Korea. Since this is my first visit to Changdeokgung Palace, I decided to get the combination entrance ticket, which costs 10,000 won (US$10) per person, in order to visit the palace as well as the guided tour to the Secret Garden. You have the options to be on your self tour or to join the free tours in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese around Changdeokgung Palace. However, Secret Garden is strictly arranged on guided tour which leaves on scheduled time. For more details of the tours schedule, please refer to the main website here.



Donhwamun Gate Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Donhwamun Gate – the largest of all the palace gates that was built in 1412 which is also the entrance gate




Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Waiting for the free tour near this signboard upon entering the entrance




Gwolnaegaksa, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Chinese characters were used before 15th century. All the Koreans use Hangul as their main language




Changdeokgung Palace , Seoul South Korea
Similar architectural design with Chinese dynasties in China





Unique design on the ceiling at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Korean dynasties use flowery designs while Chinese dynasties use dragons designs    





Tortoise stone Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Chinese and Koreans dynasties have similar belief  that turtle statue represents longevity and a sign of good health.





Be careful with your head at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Be careful with the low beam of every entrance in the palace




Entrance to Injeongjeon Hall, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
The Entrance to Injeongjeon Hall





On the way to Injeongjeon Hall, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
On the long way to Injeongjeon Hall





Injeongjeon Hall , Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Injeongjeon Hall – the palace’s throne ball where major state affairs were held.





Inside the Injeongjeon Hall of Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
In the Injeongjeon Hall





Unique architectural design at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
At the corner of Injeongjeon Hall





Unique architectural design of Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Uniquely architectural designs of Chinese and Korean culture





Entrance to Daejo-jeon, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
The Entrance to Huijeong-dang and Daejo-jeon which is the king's and queen's residence





Queen's bed at Daejo-jeon, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
The queen's bed





Telling time by the sun at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Telling the time by using the sun





Changdeokgung Palace at Seoul South Korea






Kitchen area at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Huge kitchen area for the palace workers to prepare food for the royal family




*** Next post: Pictures from the guided tour to Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace. ***


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