The East Palace

When is the best time to visit some mainstream tourism objects like palaces in Seoul? It could be in the morning, when it less crowded and you don't have to stand in a long line for the ticket. I prepared my self to visited Cheongdeokgung at 9:00 AM (whaaaat?) ya, i had to reduced my bed time to visited this place. Hehehe. 

Why i chose Cheongdeokgung instead of Gyeongbokgung or the other palaces around Seoul? Because Gyeongbokgung is too famous, it's been no. 1 palace to visit in Seoul and it's too crowded, really! Differ from more formal Gyeongbokgung, Cheongdeokgung looks calm, peaceful and more quiet. And in my opinion, Autumn is the best season to visit Cheongdeokgung because the autumn foliage is at its most beautiful. 

Cheongdeokgung was built during Joseon dynasty in 1405 and it is the second oldest royal palace (after Gyeongbokgung) in Seoul. As the major buildings during Japanese invasion, this palace was burned to ground until it reconstructed in 1610 and served as the main palace for about 270 years until Gyeongbokgung was finally rebuilt in 1868. And again, it was destroyed during Japanese occupation (1910 to 1945) and the restoration was begun in 1991. Like the other historical places, it represents the harshness of its past. The palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.

In addition, there is a special area that made open on guided tours only with separate tickets called Secret Garden (Ticket price for Cheongdeokgung itself just KRW 3,000 and KRW 5,000 for Secret Garden). Actually secret garden was my priority since i already visited Changdeokgung last year but somehow i missed Secret Garden at that time.

As a royal pleasure garden and place for the recreational area and retreat for the royal family, the secret garden was served by beautiful pavilions and ponds and if you want to see the beauty of Korean traditional architecture, i heard this is one where you come. 

Overall, this place is worth to visit and i particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of Secret garden itself.:)

Buyongji, heart of secret garden

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  1. ini beneran pake kamera poket?? :p

  2. Iya, secara ga mampu beli yg DSLR tapi makenya mode auto doang :P

  3. Hallo.. salam kenal. Aku lagi blogwalking eh tiba2 nyasar ke sini..
    Sukaaaaa banget sama foto2nya. Bagus bangeeeeet.. T__T

    Diedit lagi kah? hihi jadi penasaran.

  4. Halo Mba Bebe. Salam kenal juga :) Waah, terima kasih, masih perlu banyak belajar ini. Iya, diedit lagi, dimainin di kontras sama filternya :)