we came to seoul to catch what remains of autumn colours.
& our main objective for this visit to changdeokgung was biwon密苑secret gardens. ^^
we made an online reservation for english guided tour at 1.30pm.
we were waiting for the guide at the entrance. 🙂
nice colours at the entrance.
especially a vibrant red maple.
we had a great, competent lady guide.
spoke good english, told great stories & good sense of humour, very relax & confident guide.
the first point of interest was Buyongji Pond (부용지) 芙蓉池 the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루.
this the photo often captured in the guides.
it’s a 2-storey wooden building – imperial library on level one, & a hall for study & debates on level 2.
opposite Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루 was another pavilion, where the columns supposed to look like a man sitting.
i did not take photo. the guide was talking about heaven, earth & man 天地人。
on the side atop a clearing area where candidates to become officials in the joseon dynasty assembled, was Yeonghwadang 영화당 – civil service examination hall.
we continued in the lovely garden.
a maple in incredible vibrant red spread out before us.
another nice pavilion.
the guide led us to a second pond,Aeryeonji Pond. where the pavilion was under restoration.
there is a stone gate Bullomun. the writing inscription (meant for the king) wishes those who pass through it a long and healthy life.
next we got to the Bandoji Pond 반도지.
& the Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정.
such a wonderfully serene & pretty sight. ^^
the guided tour took nearly 1.5hrs. anyone can leave the group once the tour started & visit the gardens at one’s own pace till the closing time at 4.30pm.
we wanted to visit gyeongbokgung so did not stay longer.
|Location||Period||Tickets Sales||Operating Hours|
|Palace Building Area
|Feb. – May/
Sept. – Oct.
|09:00 – 17:00||09:00 – 18:00|
|June – August||09:00 – 17:30||09:00 – 18:30|
|Nov. – Jan.||09:00 – 16:30||09:00 – 17:30|
|Secret Garden||Mar. – May/
Sept. – Oct
|09:00 – 16:00||10:00 – 17:30|
|June – August||09:00 – 16:30||10:00 – 18:00|
|Nov. – Jan.||09:00 – 15:00||10:00 – 16:30|
|Feb.||09:00 – 15:30||10:00 – 17:00|
*Closed on Mondays