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UNESCO World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

World Heritage Site #21: Changdeok Palace

From the World Heritage inscription:

In the early 15th century, the Emperor T’aejong ordered the construction of a new palace at an auspicious site. A Bureau of Palace Construction was set up to create the complex, consisting of a number of official and residential buildings set in a garden that was cleverly adapted to the uneven topography of the 58-ha site. The result is an exceptional example of Far Eastern palace architecture and design, blending harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

The Changdeok Palace sits in central Seoul and is an intact, impressive former seat of the Korean monarchy. Unfortunately, the palace seems rather sterile because all of the artifacts and furnishings have been removed. It is a collection of mostly empty buildings. Unlike most World Heritage sites, you can’t just buy a ticket and stroll about the grounds. You have to be with a tour guide, and tours leave about every hour/half hour in different languages. Tours last about an hour.

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  1. lan vi says:

    I wish I would come there…it’s interesting!I love seoul.thanks for your sharing!!!!!!!!!

  2. elizabeth says:

    I was there over the summer and loved it! The war museum was an interesting place to pick up a lot of history. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Chris A. says:

    I loved being in Korea the year I was stationed at Osan AB. I even visited Changdeok Palace and National War Musuem in Seoul. Unfortunately, I lost all of my pictures due to a hard drive crash. I might have to make a return trip.

  4. leanne says:

    Hey, my estranged birthplace! Thanks for the pic – how did you like Seoul?

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