So I have been told by a friend that Deoksugung Palace is quite a popular place for Korean couples to date at – I can see why so. It’s really a beautiful place that emits this tranquil vibe that just gets everyone into the ‘chillax moment’. The weather on that day did also play a very important role which is why I can safely say I LOVE KOREA!! What more can I ask for – Good weather, good companions (Mom and Yu-In) and good location!
You MUST check out the stone wall lane that is right next to the palace which leads you to Seoul Museum of Art and Chongdong Theater.
Video credit: Remkid76
Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by various Korean royalties until the colonial period around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are of varying construction, including some of natural cryptomeria wood, painted wood, and stucco. Some buildings were built in Western style.
In addition to the traditional palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art, which holds special exhibitions. The palace is located near the City Hall Station. Deoksugung, like the other “Five Grand Palaces” in Seoul, was intentionally heavily destroyed during the colonial period of Korea. Currently, only one third of the structures that were standing before the occupation, remains. Deoksugung was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the older brother of King Seongjong. This residence became a royal ‘palace’ during the Imjin war after all of the other palaces were burned in 1592 during the Imjin wars. King Seonjo was the first Joseon king to reside at the palace. King Gwanghaegun was crowned in this palace in 1608, and renamed it Gyeongun-gung (경운궁, 慶運宮) in 1611. After the official palace was moved to the rebuilt Changdeokgung in 1618, it was used as an auxiliary palace for 270 years and was renamed Seogung (West Palace).
In 1897, after the incident when Emperor Gojong took refuge in the Russian legation, he returned to this place and named it Gyeongungung again. Expansion of the facility followed after his return. After Emperor Gojong abdicated the throne to Emperor Sunjong, he continued to live in this palace. The palace was then renamed Deoksugung, as a reference to a wish for longevity of Emperor Gojong. Emperor Gojong died in Hamnyeongjeon.
How to get there: City Hall Subway Station. At either Exit #2 (Subway Line 1) or Exit #12 (Subway Line 2) walk for about 2 – 5 minutes.
Click HERE to find out more before you head over.
In a few hours time, I’d be off to yet another adventure that I’ve been looking forward all year long!! Yes, you heard it right, sometimes I plan my holidays a year in advance. SOUTH KOREA, here we come! And this time, I’m super excited to visit both Seoul and Busan, which happens to coincides with Busan International Film Festival, more on that later. Here we go!!
Just a quick note on my recent trip to Hong Kong which I must say that I had great fun feasting non-stop right from the start till the last day! I’m glad this trip has taught me many things from being grateful and showing gratitude to surviving in a big jungle out there!
Good night people, I can only say, count your blessings!!