on February 27, 2006
Changdeokgung Palace is a 600-year-old palace of the Korean rulers from the Joseon Dynasty. The king's residence and other official buildings are all very nicely preserved/restored. All admission is by guided tour only. It lasts about an hour and 20 minutes, and they describe the various buildings very nicely. The admission is also very inexpensive (about US$3).The palace and other buildings are in a park-like setting. They include the royal family's former "secret garden," a very relaxing pond area. You also get to see the former workers/servants quarters, which was also interesting to see.If you want a feel for some Korean history, and to see some wonderfully preserved 600-year-old architecture, this is a great place to start your tours in Seoul.
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