Huwon: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung

S.K. in S.K.


More than half of the grounds of Changdeokgung Palace are in the Huwon, the β€˜Secret Garden’, which is the supreme example of a traditional Korean garden. It was established for the exclusive use of the Joseon kings, and only people with his explicit permission were allowed to enter. This is part of why Changdeokgung is on the World Heritage list. And I’ve already posted pictures from the Huwon on this blog – it is the mystery place of this previous post.


Visitors are only permitted to enter the Huwon with a guided tour, and each guided tour accepts a maximum of 100 people. I went with an English-language tour because it started shortly after the end of the Mandarin-language tour of the main Changdeokgung complex. Some Taiwanese people also joined the English-language tour. They said that they were going with the English-language tour because the tickets for the…

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