& 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.
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).
Changdeokgung 昌德宫 is a huge palace.
it’s a noted autumn colours viewing place, especially the secret gardens biwon 秘苑.
nice red maple.
& a mix of colours.
the scent of autumn.
crossing over the Geumcheon Bridge.
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.
finally arriving at the entrance to secret gardens biwon 秘苑, and to Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮, about 1pm.
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.
a pleasant walk. nice autumn colours.
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.
Changdeokgung 창덕궁 昌德宮