As my time comes to an end in Korea, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots in Korea. The places that I have returned to again and again, the places I recommend everyone visit, the places that will always remind me of my favorite days in Korea.
Seoul has five royal palaces, and Changdeokgung has always been my favorite. This is the palace that I always recommend and take people to. I’ve shared pictures of it on here dozens of times. It’s similar to the other large palace, Gyeongbukgung, but this was has the Huwon- a secret garden.
In two and a half years, I’ve visited Changdeokgung at least four times. Despite multiple visits, I always take my camera and snap away at the beautiful roof lines and lotus-filled ponds. I probably have more pictures of this place than anywhere else in Seoul. One of my favorite visits was when a friend and I were able to partake in the Moonlight Tour, that is only offered a few times a year. It was a perfectly clear night, and the palace became even more magical as we carried lanterns through the dark grounds.
I can’t say exactly why I love this palace so much. I’ve always been drawn to historical places, and I love how the palace is a quiet, hidden retreat in the middle of this busy city.
Changdeokgung differentiates itself by the hidden oasis at the back of the palace. The garden tour costs extra, but I have always felt it is the best part of the palace. The tours are offered in English, Chinese, and Japanese. When we’ve arrived at the wrong time for the English tour, we’ve hopped into the Japanese tour just so we can wander the garden paths.
I have so many happy memories of this place, and I know I am going to miss visiting it!