Day 1 Biwon秘苑Secret Gardens – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

Day 1 – entrance to secret gardens biwon 秘苑, and to Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – entrance to secret gardens biwon 秘苑, and to Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

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. ^^

Day 1 - online reservation of guide tour for biwon密苑secret gardens

Day 1 – online reservation of guide tour for biwon秘苑secret gardens

we made an online reservation for english guided tour at 1.30pm.

so after a quick walk around at changgyeonggung next to it,

we were waiting for the guide at the entrance. 🙂

Day 1 biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑ecret gardens

Day 1 biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 biwon秘苑secret gardens

nice colours at the entrance.

especially a vibrant red maple.

Day 1 - arriving at Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

Day 1 – arriving at Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

we had a great, competent lady guide.

spoke good english, told great stories & good sense of humour, very relax & confident guide.

Day 1 - Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

Day 1 – Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

the first point of interest was Buyongji Pond (부용지) 芙蓉池 the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루.

Day 1 - Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

Day 1 – Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: 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.

Day 1 - Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

Day 1 – Buyongji Pond (부용지) area: the lotus flower pond & Juhamnu Pavilion 주합루

“Buyong means the lotus flower. The shape of the pond is a square, which represents the earth. The small round island located in the middle of the pond represents the sky”.

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。

Day 1 - Yeonghwadang 영화당 - civil service examination hall

Day 1 – Yeonghwadang 영화당 – civil service examination hall

on the side atop a clearing area where candidates to become officials in the joseon dynasty assembled, was Yeonghwadang 영화당 – civil service examination hall.

Day 1 - biwon密苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon密苑secret gardens

we continued in the lovely garden.

Day 1 - red maple @ biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – red maple @ biwon秘苑ecret gardens

a maple in incredible vibrant red spread out before us.

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

another nice pavilion.

Day 1 - biwon秘苑ecret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑ecret gardens 

Day 1 - biwon秘苑ecret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑ecret gardens

Day 1 - aeryeonji pond, biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – aeryeonji pond, biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 - aeryeonji pond, biwon秘苑secret gardens 

Day 1 – aeryeonji pond, biwon秘苑secret gardens

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.

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 - Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정 and Bandoji Pond 반도지

Day 1 – Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정 and Bandoji Pond 반도지

next we got to the Bandoji Pond 반도지.

Day 1 - Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정 and Bandoji Pond 반도지

Day 1 – Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정 and Bandoji Pond 반도지

& the Gwanramjeong Pavilion 관람정.

such a wonderfully serene & pretty sight. ^^

Day 1 - biwon秘苑secret gardens

Day 1 – biwon秘苑secret gardens

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.

c.h.e.f andy

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Biwon秘苑Secret Gardens

Directions:

Location Period Tickets Sales Operating Hours
Palace Building Area
(General tour)
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

 

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