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Explore Changdeokgung Palace's Secret Garden


Nestled within Changdeokgung Palace lies a hidden treasure – the Secret Garden. With cherry blossoms currently in bloom, this garden offers a picturesque escape. Every pathway and corner promises a moment of peace and escape from the city's bustle.


About Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. It was initially constructed in 1405 as a secondary palace to the main Gyeongbokgung Palace. However, Changdeokgung eventually became the principal palace for many subsequent kings due to its scenic beauty and its proximity to the Bukhansan Mountain.


About the Secret Garden

One of the unique features of Changdeokgung Palace is its integration with the surrounding natural landscape. The palace complex is renowned for its extensive gardens and beautiful landscaping, which include lotus ponds, pavilions, and wooded areas. Huwon, also known as the Secret Garden, is a particularly notable part of the palace grounds, showcasing meticulously designed landscapes that change with the seasons.


This private garden was originally created during the Joseon Dynasty as a retreat for the royal family and palace officials. It served as a place for relaxation, contemplation, and leisure activities away from the formalities of court life.


Throughout the seasons, the Secret Garden undergoes subtle transformations, with cherry blossoms in spring, lush foliage in summer, vibrant colors in autumn, and tranquil snowscapes in winter, making it a picturesque destination year-round.


Visitors to Changdeokgung Palace can explore the Secret Garden through guided tours, which provide insights into the garden's history, design principles, and cultural significance. It remains one of the most beloved and well-preserved examples of traditional Korean garden architecture, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling cityscape of Seoul.


Changdeokgung Palace has endured a tumultuous history, including multiple invasions, fires, and reconstructions. Despite these challenges, it remains one of the best-preserved palaces from the Joseon Dynasty and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Today, visitors can explore the palace grounds, admire its architectural beauty, and stroll through its picturesque gardens to get a glimpse of Korea's rich cultural heritage.


99 Yulgok-roJongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours

Palace Building Area 09:00 - 18:00

Secret Garden 10:00 - 17:00

*Closed Mondays

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Photo source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

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