Changyeonggung Palace

Changyeonggung Palace

A very old palace connected to Changdeokgung by means of the secret garden.

Supposedly Changyeonggung is connected to Changdeokgung by the secret garden, but that path is either not open to the public or we just got really lost. We ended up walking the entire perimeter of the gardens before finding the entrance to Changyeonggung.

Changyeonggung was by far the most unrestored palace we had seen in Seoul.

The roof of the gate did not even appear to be lacquered and had taken quite the beating from the sun. The paint had all but faded completely. It certainly looks its age (sources indicate it was destroyed by the Japanese and rebuilt in the 1600s).

The interior structures were much better maintained than the gate though. This particular building was very slick.

All over the grounds, we saw markers like these in the dirt. Maybe one day when we learn Korean we’ll figure out what they’re for. Geographic survey?

Not long after we arrived, a few busloads of children rolled up. The kids really get a kick out of saying “hello” or “hi” in English and getting a response back from us.

We had seen these tombstone-looking things lining the courtyards of more than one palace. My understanding is that they are markers for members of the court, so they know where to stand during important ceremonies.



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  1. I ran into your post. Being Korean and guide, so-called metal markers that you mentioned are Sobang & Jeongi, or fire & electricity in Korean where a state-own organization buried related facilities underground. You might easily check out the same functional metal plates of bigger version outside on any Korean street.

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