Day 1 = Changdeokgung 昌德宫 & Changgyeonggung East Palaces – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

so after a satisfying lunch at Insadong Geu Jib 仁寺洞那家 인사동 그집 @ insadong 仁寺洞

& a short walk alonginsadong 仁寺洞, we got to Changdeokgung 昌德宫in good time around 1pm on 10.11.2016.^^

we had booked online an english guided tour of the secret gardens biwon 秘苑 at 1.30pm.

there was a special counter for those with reservations.

entrance fee was 3,000won for Changdeokgung 昌德宫 & 5,000won for secret gardens biwon 秘苑=total 8,000won.

for 10,000won we get a booklet – integrated tickets admission to all 5 royal sites, so we bought that.

donhwamun敦化门, the great two-story, five-bay gate of Changdeokgung 昌德宫, is said to be the largest and oldest wooden gate in Korea. It was burned down during the Imjin War and restored 1608.

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Changdeokgung 昌德宫 was the second palace after Gyeongbokgung 경복궁 景福宮 which had been established in 1395 as a primary palace.

As it is located east of Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung—along with Changgyeonggung—is also referred to as the “East Palace” (동궐, 東闕, Donggwol).

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Changdeokgung 昌德宫 is a huge palace.

it’s a noted autumn colours viewing place, especially the secret gardens biwon 秘苑.

Day 1 - red maple @ Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – red maple @ Changdeokgung 昌德宫

nice red maple.

Day 1 - red maple @ Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – red maple @ Changdeokgung 昌德宫

& a mix of colours.

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

the scent of autumn.

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

crossing over the Geumcheon Bridge.

Geumcheon Bridge was built in 1411 and is the oldest remaining in Seoul.

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

very large grounds. 🙂

on the open grounds leading to the injeong-jeon, ther are designated labels for court officials to stand according to rank/appointment.

Injeong Hall was the throne room of the palace, and the venue for formal state ceremonies such as coronations and diplomatic events.

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 - Changdeokgung 昌德宫

Day 1 – Changdeokgung 昌德宫

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

finally arriving at the entrance to secret gardens biwon 秘苑, and to Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮, about 1pm.

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮 is a much smaller palace.

our guides tour at secret gardens biwon 秘苑 starts at 1.30pm, we have the ticket booklet to enter Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮, & not going to be back here again, so we took a 1/2hr walk at Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮.

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

a pleasant walk. nice autumn colours.

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung  창경궁 昌慶宮

pavilion.

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung  창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮

Day 1 - Changgyeonggung eastern palace 창경궁 昌慶宮, looking over to biwon secret gardens 秘苑

Day 1 – Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮, looking over to biwon secret gardens 秘苑

a serene & beautiful place.

this was a great start. we were quite pleased that there was still good autumn colours, though we may have come past the peak.

c.h.e.f andy

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Changdeokgung 창덕궁 昌德宮

Operating Hours, Admission Fees, Guide Tour Schedule

Directions:

secret gardens biwon 秘苑 online reservation

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