Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Travel Tips: Visit Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

The Secret Garden or it's also known as Huwon is located behind the Changdeokgung Palace. The rear garden takes up 60% of the entire area of Changdeokgung Palace which was built for the kings and royal family members to relax, stroll and enjoy the beautiful nature. The Secret Garden has also been claimed as UNESCO World Heritage because the garden is well maintained with over 26,000 specimens of a hundred different species of trees in the garden. Some of the trees behind the palace are now over 300 years old.

In order to preserve the species in the Secret Garden, all the visitors must follow the official tour groups strictly. All the tour groups leave on time as posted in the schedule. The tour to the Secret Garden is more popular than the Changdeokgung Palace. Limited tickets are sold for the tour to the Secret Garden each day hence, it's advisable to get your combination entrance ticket (Changdeokgung Palace and the Secret Garden) early in the day before entering the palace. The tour to the Secret Garden takes about one hour and a half (1 1/2 hours) so, you need to put on your comfortable shoes as you need to walk a lot along the steep hills. Walking along and into each of the hollow to the lotus pond and its pavilions taught me to cherish and appreciate the greenery nature a lot. You can't find this kind of garden with beautiful nature in other palaces in Seoul, South Korea.

To find more details of the tour schedule, please visit here:


p/s: This Secret Garden tour is not related to the popular Korean drama, Secret Garden. It's just coincidence that the drama producer adopted the similar name for the drama title :)






Strict Guided Tour at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Strictly guided tour at Secret Garden




Buyongji and Juham-ru and vicinity at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Buyongji and Juham-ru and vicinity




Buyongji and Juham-ru and vicinity. Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Buyongji and Juham-ru and vicinity




Korean model on the production shoot at Changdeokgung PAlace, Seoul South Korea
A beautiful Korean model/actress was friendly to take a picture during the break from her shoot




Aeryeongji and vicinity at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Aeryeongji and vicinity




Beautiful landscape and scenery at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung PAlace, Seoul South Korea
Enjoying the beautiful nature as we strolled along




Male workers' dorm at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Approaching the male workers' dorm. The entrance is higher than the female workers' dorm. During the ancient time, males were portrayed as the leaders in the society but now, both females and males have equal rights.




Female workers' dorm at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
This is female workers' dorm




Yeongyeong-dang at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
The tour guide was standing next to the concrete stand. She explained that the horses were huge so, the ancient people stood on the concrete in order to reach to the horses' heights before getting on the horses at ease.




Yeongyeong-dang at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Workers' dorms




Female and Men communicate from their dorms at Yeongyeong-dang, Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
In the past, female and male workers were staying in separate dorms. This is the only female room where the female workers could interact with the male workers directly from their dorms through this window.



Architectural design of Yeongyeong-dang at Secret Garden Changdeokgung PAlace, Seoul South Korea
Wooden architectural design for the workers' dorms





Lotus flower at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Lotus flower in a pond




Jongdeok-jeong and Gwallamji and vicinity at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Jongdeok-jeong and Gwallamji and vicinity




South Korea map in a pond-size at Secret Garden, Changdeokgung PAlace, Seoul South Korea
Resemble of South Korea map in a pond size




On the way to last stop of Ongnyucheon at Secret Garden of Changdeokgung PAlace, Seoul South Korea

On the way to last stop of Ongnyucheon





Ongnyucheong and vicinity at Secret Garden, CHangdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Ongnyucheong and vicinity






Tall tree with many histories at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul South Korea
Spotted a historical large tree at Secret Garden



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