After Boys Over Flower, we took the subway to visit one of the Grand Palace – Changdeokgung. it is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The literal meaning of Changdeokgung is “Palace of Prospering Virtue”.
The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.
Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many princes of the Joseon Dynasty 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 topography of the site instead of imposing upon nature.
After our visit, we will be meeting up with a Canadian friend who is living in Seoul in Insadong.